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Compliance Management Standard ISO 19600:2014

January 18, 2015

Article by: Wayne J Harris

ISQEM Compliance ISO 19600:2014

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The world of compliance management is changing in connection with ISO standards for Quality, Environment and the future release of ISO 45001 for Safety. The question that is often asked by many people is why we need to have so many standards when surely one will do.

So how can businesses get it right, without being complicated or cumbersome to implement and control?  With new safety laws, regulations and standards appearing on a regular basis it can be a nightmare for organisations to keep abreast of the impacts to its business functions.

Corporate governance has become one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. Failing to have the right controls and culture in place may result in major financial loss, especially when it’s connected with compliance to safety or environmental regulatory requirements.

ISO 19600 is it the answer?

With the recent publication of the new ISO 19600:2014 in December 2014 it is an easy option that organisations can look at to develop and implement effective compliance management systems.  The standard can also be used as a benchmarking tool for existing systems against an international standard of compliance.

Now many businesses will question the need for this new standard and see it as unnecessary cost. But in the case of the Compliance Management standard it should do the opposite, reduce cost and improve management control processes.

Why Compliance Management?

The term compliance in general context simply means conforming to stated requirements.  At an organisational level, it is mainly achieved through defined management processes which identify the applicable requirements (for example  laws, regulations, and codes of conduct, industry standards, contracts, strategies and policies).

However compliance management is more than just meeting the requirements of laws and regulations.  Organizations often have to deal with many safety requirements that may be defined by customers, investors or other stakeholders.  We need to ensure that a robust means of benchmarking is maintained or holes may appear in an organisations business management framework.


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What if  you don’t have a Management System to ISO Standards?

Organisations that have not already adopted ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 can easily adopt the ISO Compliance Management Standard to be used as a framework within their business.  It is a simple approach that will assist organisations to develop robust management systems.

ISO 19600:2014 is expected to become a universal benchmark used by businesses in order to show compliance and corporate governance to its stake holders as well as regulators.  It is time to start a new journey with continual improvement based on integrated compliance management.

The ultimate objective of compliance management is to make sure that companies fulfil all their responsibilities and effectively manage the risk of potential non-conformance.  Make sure that your organisation is not left behind in compliance management.



Author: Wayne J Harris 

Wayne Harris is a highly regarded international specialist in developing corporate risk and HSE management systems with over 32 years’ experience. He has advised major organisations both private and governmental, on key issues of strategy and organisational risk and safety management. Working within the international arena including Europe, Asia-Pacific, to the Middle East. Presently Chairman of ISQEM. He has a comprehensive understanding of the global risk and safety issues facing organisations in today’s business economy.  Email:


  1. great information,
    a quick question, how does the compliance with these standards and the department of fair trading work? is there a relationship with DFT please?
    thank you

  2. Dawn permalink

    Thankyou for your thoughtful essay, Wayne. As the project manager for the original Australian Standard, which was developed in in close cooperation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), it is great that our work has now been recognised internationally. The Standard provides an outline of what a company can do to demonstrate compliance with the Law.
    The Standard is not specific in which Law needs to be complied with; this is something that a Director or Principal of the company needs to determine. It does discuss responsibilities and record keeping but again it is necessary for the Principal to speak to the relevatn Government departments to deteminre their legal obligations as a first step.

  3. Simon Philpot permalink

    Wayne, thanks for this article. It is always great to read your view points on many subjects connected with HSE and management. Keep up the good work.

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