Dr John FitzGerald

Director and founder of deGRANDSON Global. After 15 years in manufacturing industry John has spent the past 25 years training, consulting and auditing ISO 9001 and other management systems. 'Our objective is to be a world-class provider of e-training using the best proven technology so to satisfy and, hopefully, delight all of our Learners. Great commercial success and professional esteem will surely follow.' Full profile:
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17 May 2020

Why ISO 17025 accreditation matters to SMEs

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30 Apr 2020

The ISO 9001 Standard and Risk-based Thinking - some practical advice

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  Do you need formal Risk Management or not? One of the key changes in the 2015 revision of ISO 9001 is a requirement to  establish a systematic approach to considering risk, rather than treating “prevention” as a separate component of a quality management system.
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29 Apr 2020

ISO 14001 Gap Analysis-your starting point

certified training company, EMS, lead auditor, lead implementer, transition training, iso 14001

[ Whether you are starting from ‘scratch’ or whether you already have an EMS, a Gap Analysis is essential to establish which are the issues and topics that your EMS Project Plan will need to address.
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08 Apr 2020

When e-learning is not e-Training

iso 9001, iso 14001, iso 17025, iso 45001, e-learning, iso 13485, iso 27001, iso 50001

Many online Courses are not suited to Adult Learning and so not effective
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20 Mar 2020

How competent are your Internal Auditors?

certified training company, EMS, ISO 29990, lead auditor, QMS, iso 9001, iso 14001

And have you any objective evidence to demonstrate such competence? ISO Management System Standards require that persons involved in such systems be competent and training is an essential part of building such competence. Let’s consider internal auditing of the 2 most popular management system standards ISO 9001, the quality system standard (QMS), and ISO 14001, the environmental management ...
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17 Feb 2020

[Infographic] 33 Steps to ISO 45001 Certification

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A valuable aid to your developing a viable OHSMS Project Plan - to aid you start on time, finish on time and leave nothing vital out. The ISO 45001:2018 Implementation Model developed by deGRANDSON Global The 33 Steps to ISO 45001 Implementation is the model we have developed for implementing an occupational health & safety management system (OHSMS) to meet the requirements of ISO 45001:2018 and ...
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11 Feb 2020

IAF CertSearch site launched - handle with care

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The IAF have launched their website plus 5 Reasons not to trust it  
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07 Feb 2020

Six ISO Auditor Training problems solved

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  The Course you want, when you want it, where you want it.  And the price is right! Whether you are trying to organise a Course for colleagues, or just for yourself, there are six problems regularly encountered by those organising training in auditing against the requirements of ISO management Standards – ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, etc.  We believe we have the solution.
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24 Jan 2020

Revised ISO Publication Dates - update 11 - Jan 2020

ISO 19011, iso 9001, iso 14001, iso 22000, iso 17025, iso 45001, iso 13485, iso 27001, iso 50001, iatf 16949

 ISO Publication Dates   Revised Publication Dates for updated ISO Management System Standards (MSS) and associated documents and guides Fairly quiet on the new Standards front currently.  However, several supplementary Standards and Specifications are in development and some are due for publication shortly.  Get the details here ...
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22 Jan 2020

[Launch] Integrated Management System Training now available Online

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There are 2 IMS Courses - our first new Courses for 2020 An integrated management system (IMS) combines multiple management system standards to which an organization is certified. The management systems are developed, implemented, and maintained via one system with processes that cover each standard’s requirements.  A difficulty that often arises is that of finding qualified internal auditors to ...
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