Journal of Accounting and Management Information Systems (JAMIS)

Models of management systems standards

Supp/2006 ,   p208..213

Lyubomira GRUCHKA

Keywords:   Integrated Management Systems, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, EFQM

The subject of Integrated Management Systems in terms of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management has become of increasing interest to researchers and business alike during the last years. This paper focuses on a review of the various models of integration found in the academic literature and also those advocated by the standards bodies. A number of writers advocate alignment of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and present models to facilitate this; however, integration into a single standard is, in general, not favored. Various models have been developed to overcome these difficulties, but the authors believe that none is completely satisfactory. It is considered that a model of integration based on the EFQM Model for Business Excellence will allow the limitation of the standards to be overcome and the total systems approach to integration to be facilitated.