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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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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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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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