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23 Nov 2020

Implementing ISO 9001: QUALITY OBJECTIVES, what to do & what not to do

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Practical advice on Clause 6.2 of ISO 9001:2015 ISO 9001 Implementation Projects frequently run into difficulties when addressing the requirements here.  Here's how you can avoid such difficulties.   The term Quality Objectives is defined in ISO 9000:2015 as: objective related to quality.  Not very helpful.  ISO/TS 9002 is better. It says: ‘Quality objectives should be established at relevant ...
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13 Oct 2020

If you manage a QMS, don't take a Lead Auditor Course!

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You’re thinking, "But this is what Management Representatives have been doing for decades. Why shouldn't I take a lead auditor course?"
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07 Oct 2020

[Infographic] 33 Steps to ISO 9001 Certification

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A valuable aid to your developing a viable QMS Project Plan - to aid you start on time, finish on time and leave nothing vital out. The ISO 9001 2015 Implementation Model developed by deGRANDSON Global The 33 Steps to ISO 9001:2015 Implementation is the model we have developed for implementing a quality management system (QMS) to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and to securing accredited ...
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18 Sep 2020

Risk Based Thinking & ISO 9001:2015 - What’s all the excitement about?

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'There’s nothing new under the sun' – so goes the old saying, and it applies as much to risk and the management of risk as to anything else. When you crossed the road on your way to work this morning you were, even though it was not being done consciously, managing risk.  That is, the risk of being knocked down. Indeed we are managing risk all the time, whether it is…
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31 Aug 2020

Do ISO Lead Auditor Training Days matter?

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All auditor experience where a prospective auditor participates in a real audit is useful.  But, there is a fundamental question: for ISO management system standards, are auditor training days needed before a Lead Auditor Certificate can be issued?
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31 Aug 2020

ISO 9001 Consultancy: Want to be a QMS Consultant?

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Could you make a successful career of it? What skills, knowledge & experience are needed?  How do I go about it?  What ISO 9001 Training is necessary? Dr John FitzGerald writes Having worked for 30+ years as a management system consultant I’ve learned a lesson or two (including some bitter ones) on setting up and running a successful consultancy business.  So I’d like to share my experience with ...
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14 Jul 2020

Internal Auditor Training - 5 Reasons why it’s a ‘Must’

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The Competency requirement includes having competent Internal Auditors - training must be part of such competency 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 system (EMS). And the claim that 'we've not had a problem with internal auditing until now'. That's about to ...
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20 Mar 2020

How competent are your Internal Auditors?

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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 management system (QMS) standard, and ISO 14001, the environmental ...
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26 Jul 2019

Why ISO 9001 matters to SMEs

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  Even the smallest organization has a lot to gain from a certified Quality Management System (QMS) New businesses often ponder the benefits of ISO 9001 Certification and, being busy with start-up priorities, postpone certification until it is asked for by a prospective customer.  At that point it is, of course, too late. Optimistically, it takes a minimum of 5 months to get certified by which ...
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31 Jan 2019

5 Improvements to make when reviewing the QMS

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The periodic review is an opportunity not to be missed In ISO 9001 Clause 9.3.1 requires that  'Top management shall review the organization's quality management system, at planned intervals, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.' Is this just a 'rubber stamp' activity or do you seek to benefit from the requirement?  In this post we suggest the latter.
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