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4 crucial techniques to convince your top management about ISO 9001 implementation

Trying to convince top management of the importance of implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) using the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 can be a struggle. Even if your customers have required this in their contracts, it can be hard to convince management to invest in more than just the bare …

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Managing Production and Service Provision using ISO 9001

The need for a comprehensive production and service provision procedure goes beyond the requirements of ISO 9001. It is a necessity for every organization that wants to clearly define its production process and strives towards continuous improvement. A clear, in-depth understanding of the intent and implication of each production step …

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The 3 key Challenges of ISO 9001 Implementation for SMEs

Implementing a quality management system (QMS) in an SME (small- to medium-sized enterprise) using the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 can bring a lot of benefits. The problem is that there are also some challenges that are not as easy for an SME to overcome as they are for larger businesses. In …

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Understanding needs & expectations of interested parties in ISO 9001:2015

There is a new requirement for your quality management system (QMS) within ISO 9001:2015, and that is to understand the needs and expectations of your interested parties, but what does this mean and how can you do this? Here is a three step process to help you navigate this requirement. …

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Does ISO 9001 require a procedure for addressing risks and opportunities?

With the release of ISO 9001:2015, there is a new requirement for the identification and assessment of risks and opportunities for the Quality Management System (QMS). These new requirements have brought with them some confusion not only about what needs to be done, but also what needs to be documented …

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ISO 9001 – How to prepare for an internal audit

The role of the internal audit in the performance evaluation and upkeep of your Quality Management System (QMS) is highlighted in the ISO 9001:2015 requirements. This is one of the main tools you have in place to verify that your processes are meeting the planned arrangements you set out for …

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Why should companies perform a second-party audit of their supplier’s QMS?

ISO 9001:2015 is the most recent update in a long line of standard requirements for implementing a Quality Management System (QMS); and, from the beginning, one big selling point was that a company would not need to audit the QMS of a supplier that was certified to ISO 9001. The …

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Practical tips for measuring your QMS according to ISO 9001:2015 clause 9.1

Most companies who have a QMS (Quality Management System) certified according to ISO 9004 or ISO 9001:2015 are accustomed to performing against set objectives and KPIs (key performance indicators), and also demonstrating continual improvement, which we examined in the article ISO 9001 – Where does quality management fit into your …

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How ISO 9001 implementation can benefit a consultancy company

The consultancy sector has grown massively in the last decade worldwide, with annual revenues reaching $10 billion being achievable for some top-level companies. With smaller consultancies springing up regularly to support all types of business – from governmental projects, through oil, gas and renewables, to smaller organizations assisting with business …

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How to sell your ISO 9001 consulting services

ISO 9001:2015 is the premier standard for Quality Management System (QMS) and business management, and, for many organizations, it is the “entry level” to enable them to compete for business through formal tender processes with large organizations. In addition to the benefits for the organization, we also considered employee benefits …

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Where does quality management / ISO 9001 fit into your organization?

ISO 9001 is the premier business standard used to facilitate the satisfaction of customers through effective operation of a Quality Management System. More than 1.5 million certificates were awarded in 2015 (source: https://www.iso.org/the-iso-survey.html), which represented a 3% increase over the previous year; therefore, ISO 9001 continues to grow in importance …

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How can a startup benefit from ISO 9001?

ISO 9001:2015 implementation and certification may not always be at the top of a startup’s wish list, given the financial and operational pressures many new businesses find themselves under in the early stages of development. With decisions to be made in terms of what projects cost and the benefits they …

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Case Study: Transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 in a large organization

The purpose of this case study is to enable the consultants and implementers to better understand the transition process from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 in large organizations, regarding some of the more ponderous changes in this standard. The emphasis is placed on the requirements that appear, or are eliminated, …

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What does ISO 9001 lead auditor training look like?

There is a lot of training involved when implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) according to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, and many companies offer many different types of training for those who will be involved in the QMS. If you look even briefly, you will find implementation training, ISO …

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How to use quality control tools to improve your QMS

One of the key benefits of any Quality Management System (QMS), especially one that has been created according to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, is to bring a focus on continual improvement within the organization. Continual improvement is one of the quality management principles that forms the foundation of the …

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