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21 Oct 2020

Correction vs. Corrective Actions vs. Preventive Actions

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These three expressions can cause confusion when it comes to addressing nonconformances/noncompliances with ISO Management System Standards. Some are unaware of their existence, thinking that corrective action is the only option. Others have Management System documents that frequently mention CAPAs even though Preventive Action is no longer a formal part of their system. It is unfortunate that ...
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28 Aug 2020

Is IAF Accreditation possible for all ISO Management System Standards?

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  Only a limited number of ISO Standards can have the IAF logo We’re all familiar with ISO 9001 Certificates carrying three logos, for example, the Certification Body logo (say, Lloyds Register), the Accreditation Body logo (say, UKAS) and the IAF logo. But the IAF logo doesn’t appear on every Certificate. Why is that? And is it significant?
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19 Jul 2020

ISO Auditor Competence – what is it and who decides?

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14 Jul 2020

IAF CertSearch site launched - handle with care

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The IAF have launched their CertSearch.com website plus 5 Reasons not to trust it  
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30 Jun 2020

When is it Accreditation and when Certification?

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You've got the Certificate but are you certified to the ISO Standard or accredited to it? It may seem unimportant in the scheme of things but people, like potential customers, will judge you based on your correct use of technical and allied terms.
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11 Nov 2019

Getting the IAF Logo on your ISO 13485 Certificate

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The European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA), an association of 30 national accreditation bodies in Europe, has completed the administrative requirements of the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) necessary for the extension of their IAF multilateral recognition arrangement (MLA) to include ISO 13485.  This omission has in the past, for example, been a barrier for European medical device ...
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