Management System Standards -
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A management system standard encapsulates attributes and practices of good management, of an aspect of operations, such as quality, environmental impact, occupational health & safety, information security and business continuity etc.
Most, but not all, management system standards, are part of a international framework, which enables organisations to achieve accredited certifications to the standards. These accredited certifications are recognised worldwide.
Certified organisations can market themselves as conforming to one or more management system standards. Organisations that wish to procure from suppliers, or collaborate with partners, can select organisations that are certified to appropriate standards.
These certifications simplify, speed up, and reduce the cost of, pre-
The following document describes reasons to certify to management system standards.
The most prevalent management system standards are those published by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), such as:
ISO 9001:2015 -
ISO 14001:2015 -
ISO 22301:2019 -
ISO 45001:2018 -
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Some management system standards are jointly published by both ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), such as:
ISO/IEC 27001:2022 -
Additionally, other organisations publish management system standards, such as:
International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) publishes the aerospace quality management system standard AS9100;
International Automotive Task Force (IATF) publishes the automotive quality management system standard IATF 16949;
Social Accountability International (SAI) publishes the social accountability standard SA8000.