ISO Certification

Extending the scope of your ISO 9001

April 20, 2015

What kinds of circumstances will require an extension to scope of an existing ISO 9001 Registration? When you make innovations to your products or services, for example changing a technique, adding a new activity or changing an existing activity, it can often be possible to extend the scope of your existing ISO 9001 Registration rather [...]

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ISO 9001:2015 – Potential Impact

April 14, 2014

Impact of the ISO 9001:2015 revision The foremost change in the new ISO 9001 Standard will be a far larger focus on risk, and the closely aligned concept of responsibility.  This is the view that the Chief Executive of IIOC put forward in April’s edition of Quality World.  How organisations will identify and manage risks, [...]

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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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Writing Operating Procedures for ISO 14001:2004

October 11, 2013

Writing ISO 14001 Operating Procedures – some thoughts When writing an operating procedure for ISO 14001, or any other standard for that matter, it might be useful to take the following into account.  Choosing the correct terminology is quite important, consider the following words and their meanings: Shall – means “do it every time” Will [...]

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Draft design specification for revised ISO 9001:2015 Standard

September 5, 2013

Revised ISO 9001:2015 Standard The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) has made available the following information about the revised ISO 9001:2015 Standard: “According to the draft design specification, the revised ISO 9001:2015 standard should (among other things) : Provide a stable core set of requirements for the next 10 years or more Remain generic, and relevant to all [...]

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What is a Quality Management System?

April 16, 2013

What is a Quality Management System? Explaining what a Quality Management System (QMS) is and does is a common problem for quality professionals.  It seems that everyone can understand the implications of an Environmental Management System or a Health and Safety Management System, but when it comes to Quality getting a grasp on its value and content can be [...]

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ISO 14001 and the importance of commitment

March 19, 2013

Planning your ISO 14001 project and gaining top level commitment “Unless there is full commitment from the top to the bottom of the organisation, the process of creating and implementing your environmental management system (ISO 14001:2004) and then going forward for assessment will be difficult, or could even fail.  Even if you are ultimately successful, [...]

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Why is Quality not accorded proper status?

February 12, 2013

Why the quality profession must strive for greater visibility Simon Feary, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), recently set forth his views concerning greater visibility for the quality profession.  At the same time he explained that the CQI has set up the Professional Policy Panel, chaired by Professor John Oakland, to consider [...]

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Business growth strategies require quality to be achieved

January 15, 2013

Business Growth Strategies need to be underpinned by Quality in order to be realised “We all know that most organisations’ core objective is to make a profit and meet the needs of stakeholders.  All organisations need to achieve growth.  In order to do this, they can increase repeat business from the current customer base; increase [...]

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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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