ISO Management System Standards

 

What's the difference between Type A and Type B MSS?

Type A MSS contain requirements against which an organization can claim conformance, whereas Type B MSS do not. 

As a consequence, one should only find recommendations (guidelines) or supporting information in a Type B MSS.  Some MSS can contain a mix of requirements and guidelines: as they contain requirements they will be considered Type A MSS. Usually a Type B MSS (e.g. ISO 50004:2014) provides guidance on the application of a Type A MSS (e.g. ISO 50001:2011). However, some Type B MSS are independent (e.g. ISO 19600:2014).

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High Level Structure - HLS

Standards listed here as HLS have the same structure  [PDF] and contain many of the same terms and definitions. This is particularly useful for those organizations that choose to operate a single (sometimes called “integrated”) management system that can meet the requirements of two or more management system standards simultaneously.

Reference Title Category
ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems -- Requirements Quality
ISO 44001 Collaborative business relationship management systems -- Framework General management
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use Environment and Energy
ISO 14004:2016 Environmental management systems -- General guidelines on implementation Environment and Energy
ISO 14298:2013 Graphic technology -- Management of security printing processes Industry
ISO 16000-40 Indoor air -- Part 40: Indoor Air Quality Management System Industry
ISO 18788:2015 Management system for private security operations -- Requirements with guidance for use Safety and Security
ISO 19443 Quality management systems -- Specific requirements for the application of ISO 9001 and IAEA GS-R requirements by organizations in the Supply Chain of the Nuclear Energy sector Environment and Energy
ISO 19443 Quality management systems -- Specific requirements for the application of ISO 9001 and IAEA GS-R requirements by organizations in the Supply Chain of the Nuclear Energy sector Quality
ISO 19600:2014 Compliance management systems -- Guidelines General management
ISO/IEC 20000-1 Information technology -- Service management -- Part 1: Service management system requirements Information Technology
ISO/IEC 20000-2 Information technology -- Service management -- Part 2: Guidance on the application of service management systems Information Technology
ISO 20121:2012 Event sustainability management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use Services
ISO 21001 Educational organizations -- Management systems for educational organizations -- Requirements with guidance for use Quality
ISO 21101:2014 Adventure tourism -- Safety management systems -- Requirements Services
ISO 22000  Food safety management systems -- Requirements for any organization in the food chain Safety and Security
ISO 22301:2012 Societal security -- Business continuity management systems --- Requirements Safety and Security
ISO 22313:2012 Societal security -- Business continuity management systems -- Guidance Safety and Security
ISO/PRF TS 22163 Railway applications -- Quality management systems -- Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2015 in the rail sector Quality
ISO 24518:2015 Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services -- Crisis management of water utilities Safety and Security
ISO 24518:2015 Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services -- Crisis management of water utilities     Safety and Security
ISO 24526 Water efficiency management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use Services
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information technology -- Security techniques -- Information security management systems -- Requirements Information Technology
ISO/IEC 27010:2015 Information technology -- Security techniques -- Information security management for inter-sector and inter-organizational communications Information Technology
ISO 29001 Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries -- Sector-specific quality management systems -- Requirements for product and service supply organizations Quality 
ISO 29001 Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries -- Sector-specific quality management systems -- Requirements for product and service supply organizations Environment and energy
ISO 30301:2011 Information and documentation -- Management systems for records -- Requirements General management
ISO 30401 Human resource management -- Knowledge management systems -- Requirements General management
ISO 34001.4 Security and resilience -- Security management system for organizations assuring authenticity, integrity and trust for products and documents Safety and Security
ISO 35001 Laboratory biorisk management system -- Requirements Safety and Security
ISO 37001:2016 Anti-bribery management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use General management
ISO 37101:2016 Sustainable development in communities -- Management system for sustainable development -- Requirements with guidance for use General management
ISO 39001:2012 Road traffic safety (RTS) management systems - Requirements with guidance for use Safety and Security
ISO 41001 Facility management -- Management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use Industry
ISOS 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use Safety and Security
ISO 50501  Innovation management - Innovation management system - Guidance General management
ISO 55001:2014 Asset management -- Management systems -- Requirements General management
ISO 55002:2014 Asset management -- Management systems -- Guidelines for the application of ISO 55001 General management
ISO/IEC 80079-34 Explosive atmospheres -- Part 34: Application of quality systems for equipment manufacture Quality

 

To claim conformance with a standard, an organization needs evidence that it is meeting the requirements. Such evidence gathering is generally done by undertaking an audit. There are three types of audits: first-party, second-party, and third-party. First-party audits are internal audits. Second and third party audits are external audits. A third party audit can result in certification. Regarding certification: certification can only take place against a document that contains requirements. Therefore, Type B MSS cannot be certified against. Find out more about the differences between Type A and Type B MSS.