Are Your Certificates From Your Suppliers Valid?

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The IAAR (Independent Association of Accredited Registrars) database is the largest and most complete database of registered companies.

With its enhanced capability to search the name of the companies and their certificate numbers, this tool provides access to real time data on thousands of registered companies in North America. To date, industry stakeholders from over 140 countries and territories to include North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa have accessed this system.

Database traffic continues to increase as more registered companies use this database as a simple and effective way to manage their supply base and validate their accredited certifications to a management system standard. Its global reach and 24/7 availability continues to make it a very popular tool.

Jadian Enterprises, the IAAR database developers also announced the upcoming Iphone/Smartphone applications will enable users to photograph a certificate and check for database inclusion. Access to the IAAR registered company database can be found at www.iaar.org.

What Does it Cost to become Certified?

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The Certification Bodies (ASR being one) have guidelines they must follow from the Accredidation Boards.  The International Accredidation Forum (IAF), an Accredidation Body sets guidlines for the Certification Audit based on number of days.  In turn the number of days an ASR RAQ smallaudit takes is usually determined by the size of the organization.

The costs are typically broken down into Stage 1 Audit; Stage 2 Certification Audit, and Surveillance Audit.

Registrars differentiate themselves, in terms of cost, by a number of factors.  Be sure you understand these factors when choosing a Registrar.

What is Root Cause

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A convenient description for root cause would include the following three keys:
  1. It directly led to the issue, problem or failure. Taken by itself, this cause can clearly be seen as why things went wrong.
  2. If it had been eliminated or contained nothing bad would have happened. Eliminated or contained means that we should have known about it and planned for it, so something in our system needs to be identified and fixed.
  3. It can be clearly stated. Whatever we think the cause is, we can put it into words that everyone can agree with and understand.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE ROOT CAUSE

Use these Key Questions when determining Root Cause:
  • What is the exact cause of the issue or failure?
  • What combination of process elements is involved? (Input/Process Steps/Output)
  • What system was in place that was designed to find or prevent this problem?
  • How, exactly, did that system break down?
THE 5 – WHY METHOD

This method is effective in the determination of how, exactly, the system broke down for the issue or failure being considered.
The basic methodology is as follows:
  1. Why did the specific issue or failure occur?
  2. Why would this "cause" occur?
  3. Repeat #2 three times, if possible, to arrive at the real Systemic root cause of the issue or failure.

IMPORTANT!

The Systemic cause or "system failure" is important because without changing the system we can never be sure the issue or failure will not occur again.

A SIMPLE 5 – WHY EXAMPLE:

Issue or Failure:
Joe's car won't start
  1. Why won't it start? The battery is dead.
  2. Why is the battery dead? The lights were left on.
  3. Why were the lights left on? Joe got home late and was so tired he forgot to turn them off.
  4. Why didn't they turn off by themselves? The computer chip that controls the automatic light off function in Joe's car was not working.
  5. Why was the chip not working? It failed, the check engine light came on, but Joe decided not to have the car checked.

Root Cause:

Joe did not have the car checked when the check engine light came on. This is the Systemic Failure

Who is ISO?

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ISO is a non-governmental organization (International Organization of Standards) established in 1947.

The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to develop cooperation in the field of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

Also - ISO is a Greek word meaning equal.

Below is a brief history of ISO.

Why are the Standards Important?

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they are speaking the same business language. Many companies require their suppliers to become registered to ISO 9001 and because of this, registered companies find that their market opportunities have increased. In addition, a company's compliance with ISO 9001 insures that it has a sound quality management system, and that's good business.

Registered companies have had dramatic reductions in customer complaints, significant reductions in operating costs and increased demand for their products and services. Many industrial companies require registration by their own suppliers.

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