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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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How to make your investment in ISO 9001 profitable

Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) using the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard is an internationally recognized way to focus your company efforts on customer satisfaction and drive improvements in your company, but this process does not come without a cost. For this reason, many business professionals ask what …

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ISO 9001: Requirements for the release of the product or service

With the release of ISO 9001:2015, there are specific requirements for you to include in your Quality Management System (QMS) about what you need to do when you accept your products and services for delivery to your customers. At first glance, there seems to be more requirements for the release …

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Specific use of ISO 9001 design and development in the machining process

With the updated Quality Management System (QMS) requirements in ISO 9001:2015, there have been some minor, yet important changes in the requirements for design and development activities within the Quality Management System. In the past, many companies have taken the opportunity to exclude the design and development activities required by …

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Aligning quality objectives of the QMS with the strategic direction of the company

One of the new concepts that have been brought into the latest version of the ISO 9001:2015 standard is that the Quality Management System (QMS) of a company needs to include an understanding of, and alignment with, the strategic direction of the company. The strategic direction of the company comes …

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