Integrated Standards

The complexities of modern business environments mean that achieving accreditation with one ISO standard requires or suggests compliance with another. It is often the case that if your organization strives to meet the quality management principles established in ISO 9001, that a natural and complementary extension to this is adherence to the environmental standards of ISO 14001 and its 'sister' system, the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001).

As many of these standards share similar requirements, the process of gaining joint standards certification can be easier than it first appears. Within this context, HPA has developed accreditation services for joint ISO 9001/14001/18001 systems - so your business can work towards certification for each of these disciplines simultaneously.

The Benefits of Integrated ISO 9001/14001/18001 Systems

As with gaining accreditation for each standard separately, the achievement of becoming certified for all three structures (or any combination of them) is significant and can open new doors for your organization. Becoming accredited for ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 combined not only shows a significant commitment to quality managements standards, your customer base and staff, but also signals your willingness to work within key environmental standards and occupational health and safety structures.

Our clients have found that the impact of making such a commitment on the way customers, staff and other stakeholders perceive your business is an extremely positive outcome of achieving joint accreditation. Plus you will also see benefits to your operational efficiencies and of course to your bottom line through enhanced management and working practices. On top of this, as many elements of the standards overlap, gaining joint standards accreditation can also save you time and money in the third party certification process itself.

Achieving Integrated Accreditation

For all the ISO standards, your company must have implemented and documented an independently audited management system to comply. Therefore, for each of your joint ISO certificates to be of any value to your company, employees and customers, an approved body of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) must issue them. In this context, HPA can help you achieve joint ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 accreditation with a properly recognised 'tick and crown' registered third party organization. Our experience of joint compliance means we can save you both time and money compared to other so-called 'fast track' but lower quality procedures.