ISO 9001 2008

Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and Quality

March 5, 2014

Implementation of a QMS in the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation The CADF is the new body charged with policing doping in professional cycling.  Ever since Lance Armstrong’s spectacular confession, charging with doping and banning for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency, the sport of cycling has been battling with a negative reputation.  CADF has been working [...]

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Small companies and ISO 9001

September 27, 2013

The benefits of implementing ISO 9001 for small companies The most impressive benefits from a well-implemented ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System come to those who run small companies.  This is the perception of Tom Taormina, an experienced practitioner and author on this subject.  However, he maintains that the flip side of this coin, is that [...]

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Economic benefits of Quality Accreditation to UK £600m

July 23, 2013

Quality’s Economic Value to the UK – report commissioned by Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Researchers at the University of London, Birkbeck College have researched and compiled a report for the Department of BIS which values quality accreditation at more than £600m a year for the UK ecomony.  Fifty percent of businesses saw [...]

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Continuous Improvement and ISO 9001

June 5, 2013

How do you encourage continuous improvement at the same time as downsizing your company? A lot of emphasis is placed on continuous improvement within the ISO 9001:2008 management system, which of course, directly feeds back into how your business is bringing about improvements.  Stephen Matthews has looked at this issue in relation to handling the [...]

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Competitive Advantage and Quality Management Systems

April 23, 2013

Are you looking for competitive advantage and price flexibility -  a QMS might be the answer? A Quality Management System, properly developed and supported, can move your company to a position where it has the ability to use any increased proficiency and productivity to create price flexibility and/or innovation. With improvements in control, communication, information [...]

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Easter Egg Quality Checklist Fun

March 26, 2013

A bit of Quality Easter madness! When you go out to buy your chocolate Easter egg in the next few days – yes, Easter’s arriving within the next week – you probably won’t spare a thought for the qualty processes that underpin it’s safe arrival in your hands … With all the high street and [...]

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Six Pointers for Selecting ISO 9001 Internal Auditors

January 9, 2013

Selecting Internal Auditors The following traits and talents are desirable in an internal auditor, whether for ISO 9001 or other ISO Standards: Someone who is passionate about the success of the company Someone who understands the products and/or services well Someone who is observant, patient and open minded Someone who can be an active listener [...]

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ISO 9001 and Tactical Planning

December 5, 2012

ISO 9001:2008 and Tactical Planning “Strategic plans are an excellent buiness tool when well conceived and smartly executed.  The downfall of a great strategic plan is often what to do in the interim.  You need to have a tactical plan ancillary to the strategic plan that forms a bridge between existing systems that will be [...]

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Five ISO 9001 Tips video

November 27, 2012

Five ISO 9001:2008 Quick Tips – new video To make our ISO 9001:2008 Quick Tips more digestible we have prepared a new video to take you through them.  Why not have a play right now (we hope you like the calming music)? – Here it is – and there’s a traditional link below! For more [...]

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What is a Customer as far as ISO 9001 is concerned?

October 30, 2012

What is a customer, and what does ISO 9001 say about customer focus? “In one way or another, we all have customers.  It is most often the end user of our product or service.  It can also be an internal customer who is the next person in the line of process evolution in your organisation. [...]

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