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
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?
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
Many people ask ISO 9001 questions wanting to know what is ISO? What does iso mean? What is ISO 9001? And what are the different ISO 900x quality standard versions? Your ISO 9001 frequently asked questions answered. Continue reading ISO 9001 Frequently Asked Questions Answered
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?
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
Quality management systems are commonly — and wrongly — viewed as a “necessary evil”. That is, your company’s top management feels a ISO QMS project won’t have an immediate and positive effect on the bottom line, but they’re going ahead with the project because “they’re making us do it!” This, along with many other Quality mistakes, are the reasons why such projects fail.
What does ISO stand for? What does it even mean? It appears that ISO means different things to different people. Learn meaning of ISO. Continue reading What Does ISO Mean?
If a company wants to obtain ‘ISO’ certification, it has to implement a quality management system conforming to ISO 9001. Here are the step to create your management system conforming to ISO 9001. Continue reading How Would You Implement a Quality Management System Complying with ISO 9001?
If you are thinking of preparing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) then where do you start? We start with a Gap Analysis to determine the gap between your current management system and an ISO 9000 conforming QMS. Continue reading What Is an ISO 9001 Gap Analysis?