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What’s the Difference Between Corrective Action and Preventive Action?

Corrective and Preventive Action are key elements to a Quality Management System (QMS) that is focused on Continual Improvement and Customer Satisfaction. Indeed, any ISO 9001 QMS should have this type of focus, unfortunately many do not. What’s the difference between corrective action and preventive action? Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Corrective Action and Preventive Action?

What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?

What do you think of when you hear Lean ISO Quality System? Actually, what is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “ISO 9001”? Lengthy policies, complicated procedures, and miles of forms to fill out? A bureaucracy that rivals the US government in size and complexity? Intense, week-long audits that make waterboarding seem like spa therapy? You may be misinformed — ISO 9001 is based on sound business practices and is designed to help your organization improve incrementally. What’s a Lean ISO Quality System? Continue reading What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?

How Do You Create ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems?

Getting ISO 9001:2015 Certification of your Quality Management Systems (QMS) that fulfills the requirements of the ISO Standard can seem like a daunting task, but the ISO 9001 certification process doesn’t have to be.  Creating an ISO 9001 quality plan should be done like all projects.  Priorities need to be established, responsibilities determined, and milestones set.  But what priorities? How do you create ISO 9001 quality management systems? Continue reading How Do You Create ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems?

Quality Management System in 10 Easy Steps

A Quality Management System (QMS) is a management system pure and simple. It is not quality’s management system; it is a management system that, if done right, produces quality products. A Quality Management Systems is built for ISO registration, to satisfy customer requirements, or to produce better products. Building a Quality Management System in 10 easy steps is not hard if you follow these steps. Continue reading Quality Management System in 10 Easy Steps

How Much Time Do You Spend on Your ISO QMS Annually?

There is no simple answer to the question of the time commitment for an ISO Quality Management System (QMS). There are a number of variables to consider including the ISO standard you are registered to, the number of employees, the capability of your management team, the complexity of your business processes, and your knowledge of quality. The answers to such questions will determine the level of effort required to maintain an ISO system. How much time do you spend on your ISO QMS annually? Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend on Your ISO QMS Annually?

How to Implement ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership and Resources

If your are Starting ISO Certification, you will be moving into implementation.  You will need to have already established a Quality Management System (QMS) that meets the basic general requirements described in Clause 4, plus implemented the continual improvement processes described in Clause 9 and 10. Now is a good time to begin Implementing ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership. Continue reading How to Implement ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership and Resources

How is PDCA Related to ISO 9001?

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?

How ISO 9001 Can Make Your Company More Competitive

Implementing ISO 9001 as a Quality Management System can improve your business. A common misconception about the ISO 9001 Standard is that it is a document nightmare. Actually, there are very limited document requirements in the standard. So, how can implementing ISO 9001 can make your company more competitive? Continue reading How ISO 9001 Can Make Your Company More Competitive