PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) Cycles refers to the PDCA wheel (Figure 1) and the continuous motion that PDCA requires. PDCA is not as easy as it sounds but, if you are interested in ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS), then you will find that an ISO 9001 PDCA cycle is the solid foundation. Master PDCA and you will become the master of your ISO 9001 QMS. But how is PDCA related to ISO 9001? Continue reading How is PDCA Related to ISO 9001?
In today’s hectic business environment, it is vital that every employee is on the same page, right? But how do we know if we meet quality standards? Continue reading How to Meet Quality Standards with ISO 9001
The old adage frequently applied to ISO 9001 is “Say what you do and do what you say?” Some organizations seem to take this to mean “Write down everything you do,” but that is really not required by the standard. The actual requirement is that processes are well-defined and responsibilities clearly communicated. Continue reading What Is a Lean ISO 9001 System?
Implementing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System can help your business. Two important topics covered so far were how it can actually help you streamline and simplify your document system (as opposed to the common misconception that ISO 9001 is a “document nightmare”). Continue reading Why Implement the ISO 9001 Standard?
In the old days of Kodachrome film (before digital cameras) ISO was used as a measure of how receptive your film is to light as indicated by the numbers – 100, 200, 400, 800 for film speed. A higher ISO number meant more sensitivity, but more noise or a larger grain in the resulting photo, which in turn required more light (longer shutter or wider f stop). Continue reading What Is ISO?
We started with how to start your ISO 9001 certification. At this point we have covered how to comply with most of the ISO 9001 QMS requirements. Now we will cover the final phase; complying with the requirements of Clause 8. Continue reading Final Steps in Achieving ISO 9001 Certification