I must admit, when I started at IT Governance seven or more years ago I knew very little about management system standards. I had heard of popular standards such as ISO 9001 for quality management, but no others.
Now however, I could be considered to be a bit of an ‘anorak’ as I can tell tell you which standard is for what purpose. For instance:
ISO 9001 – the specification for a quality management system (QMS).
ISO 14001– the specification for a environmental management system (EMS)
ISO/IEC 27001 – the specification for an information security management system (ISMS)
OHSAS 18001 – the specification for an occupational health and safety management system
There are enough management systems to choose from to send you mad. The good thing about management system standards is that a lot of them share common processes and if your organisation is looking to gain certification against more than one standard you can remove duplicate processes by employing an integrated approach to implementation as detailed in PAS 99.
Avoid management system madness and make your life simple with PAS 99.