ISO 17025 vs. ISO 9001 – Main differences and similarities

If you noticed the release of the 2017 update of ISO 17025:2017, you might wonder what this standard is all about, and how it relates to ISO 9001:2015 and the Quality Management System (QMS) in your organization. You might well ask: What is ISO 17025:2017, and how is it similar and …

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How to know whether ISO 9001 certificate is valid?

If you are asking your suppliers to have a Quality Management System (QMS) that is based on ISO 9001:2015, you have reasons for doing so. Maybe you want to reduce the risk of products, processes and services resulting in poor results, or maybe your customers require you to use certified …

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What has changed with quality objectives in ISO 9001:2015?

ISO 9001:2015 has included the need for quality objectives to help drive continual improvement in the Quality Management System (QMS) since the ISO 9001:2000 version of the stand was released. However, the requirements for this important element of the QMS have not remained the same, and the latest version of …

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How to write a good ISO 9001 audit nonconformity?

The internal audit process is an important part of the ISO 9001:2015 requirements for implementing a quality management system (QMS). In a previous article, Five main steps in ISO 9001 internal audit, we discussed the main steps needed to have a good internal audit program. However, even if you are …

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How does the ISO 9001:2015 revision affect the Quality Policy?

ISO 9001:2015 has brought many changes to the Quality Management System (QMS), as compared to ISO 9001:2008, but one thing that has stayed constant is the need for a Quality Policy. While many of the requirements for the Quality Policy have remained the same, there are some new things to …

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Certifying different legal entities under one certification scope in ISO 9001

Many questions come up when implementing the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for your Quality Management System (QMS), and while many are easy to answer, some are not. One question that can come up for smaller organizations that have separate locations is: “Can I certify more than one legal entity under …

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How does ISO 9001 property clause 8.5.3 reflect on software?

There can be confusion with clause 8.5.3 of ISO 9001:2015, which discusses property belonging to customers or external providers, especially for software. When creating your Quality Management System (QMS), what software is included in the requirements of clause 8.5.3, and what software is excluded? Here is some information to help …

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How to document roles and responsibilities according to ISO 9001

When implementing ISO 9001:2015, you will want to find a way to document the roles and responsibilities for your Quality Management System (QMS), rather than just having this as verbal information, but what is the best way to do this in your company? There is not just one possible way, …

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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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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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