The SAPIRA Process

The Sapira Cycle
The Sapira Cycle 1
The Sapira process of Survey, Assess, Plan, Implement, Review, Audit was developed in 1992 by Mark East.
Taking note of the Deming/Shewhart, Plan, Do, Check, Act approach from the 1950's used or process improvement and mainly applied to quality, the concept behind Sapira was to produce an output lead methodology which could be applied to a whole organisation.
Sapira also references the Argenti Corporate Planning Cycle and the resulting methodology was conceived as an easy to remember mnemonic which can be used to apply a logical approach to risk assessment surveys, gap analysis audits and the subsequent development of an action plan for improvement and rationalisation.
The Argenti Corporate Planning Cycle
The Argenti Corporate Planning Cycle 1


Developed by Mark East and Phil Heath in 2002 was the next step in the development of a fully integrated management system approach.
Launched as a CD, Sapira-IMS was one of the first management system methodologies to take an integrated approach across several management systems thus creating a framework for the integration of quality and environmental management systems.
PAS 99 : 2006 was subsequently launched by BSI in 2006.

What is PAS 99?

PAS 99 is the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) published by British Standards which specifies the requirements of an integrated management system which allows an organisation to run a single management system but by combining the specific elements of the various standards for, as examples, quality, health and safety, environment and business continuity meet the relevant ISO standards for these management systems.