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Thursday, 20 July 2017
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ISO Re-Certification Count Down

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
ASR Editor
Keep These Transition Dates Handy!

Behind the Scenes with ISO 9001

Tuesday, 21 May 2013
ASR Editor
ISO's Technical Committees TC 176 (ISO) and TC 207 (EMS) are in the process of determining how to deal with an ISO and EMS "Technical management board."

ISO 9001:2008: Implementation and Changes

Tuesday, 15 December 2009
ASR Quality Editor
ISO 9001:2008 was released and became effective on November 15, 2008. This new version of ISO 9001 contains no new requirements, only minor wording changes, clarifications and notes. ASR expects all ISO 9001 clients to purchase a copy (www.iso.org or www.asq.org) of this new version and be prepared to be audited against it beginning January 1, 2009.

Tool to help transition to ISO 9001:2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015
ASR Editor
This tool will help you look at the standard side-by-side.  It shows the ISO 9001:2015 standard clauses next the the related ISO 9001:2008 standard.  It also provides a commentary about the new standard.

ISO 9001 Draft for 2015 Being Revised Now

Monday, 10 February 2014
Richele Kinzie
ISO 9001 is being revised for release sometime in 2015. A working draft was released for comment late last year, but now that draft is under revision. So, nothing official has been released. However, it is important to follow the process as the working drafts are released for comment.

ISO 9001 Revision Information

Thursday, 27 March 2014
ASR Editor
Review this document (PowerPoint & PDF) to stay current with the new ISO 9001 revisions.

Notice of ISO 9001 Changes

Monday, 20 May 2013
ASR News Editor
We don't expect to see any changes for at least another year with the AS 9100 standard. AS 9100 C was implemented in 2011-12 and all ASR clients are now upgraded. AS 9104/1 (the rules) for AS 9100C including the audit day requirement was released in 2012, and all clients are currently being audited to these requirements.

ISO 9001 Training Requirements

Wednesday, 11 June 2014
ASR Editor
The organization shall

a) determine the necessary competence for personnel performing work affecting product quality,
b) provide training or take other actions to satisfy these needs,
c) evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken,
d) ensure that its personnel are aware of the relevance and importance of their activities and how they contribute to the achievement of the quality objectives, and
e) maintain appropriate records of education, training, skills and experience

Heads Up - ISO 9001:2008 Certificates Expire September 15, 2018

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
ASR Editor
All ISO 9001:2008 QMS certificates expire September 15, 2018. This is the result of the September 15, 2015 publication of ISO 9001:2015. As a result, client transition to ISO 9001:2015 is NO LATER than September 15, 2018. This gives clients 3 years to transition their system.

All certificates issued to ISO 9001:2008 after September 15, 2015 will expire on September 15, 2018. Once an upgrade audit has occurred the expiration date will be modified to reflect a three year certificate.

ISO 9001:2015 Update

Monday, 16 February 2015
ASR Editor

While You Wait for ISO 9001:2015.....

As mentioned in a previous article, a major revision to ISO 9001 is the replacement of prevention action in favor of risk. There is NO requirement for standardize risk management, however each organization will need to identify and act upon risks to their operation.
Organizations might take this opportunity while waiting for release of 2015 to begin addressing risk or the "effect of uncertainty on expected results." In the 2015 revision of ISO 9001, risk is addressed as risk to your business, product(s) that the organization manufactures or distributes, and customer satisfaction.

Risk is generally thought as a negative, but risk-based thinking may help to identify positive opportunities. Organizations might consider risk to the strategic direction of the operation, external risk to customers and interested parties, internal risk to processes and products.
Some of the personnel responsible for risk include:

UPDATE - ISO 9001 moves on to final draft stage

Friday, 07 November 2014
ASR Editor
WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee revising ISO 9001, gives an update on where we are at with the latest revision of the standard (expected in 2015), following the results of a vote which approved the latest draft to progress to the final stage in the revision: FDIS (Final Draft International Standard).

Risk Based Thinking – And ISO 9001:2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
ASR Editor

ISO/FDIS 9001:2015

With the release of the 2015 revision, it is important to revisit one of the major changes to the standard – developing risk based thinking.

ISO 9001:2015 moves risk based thinking from a "should" or a good idea to enhance a QMS to a "shall" requirement. Both ISO 13485:2003 and AS9100 require users to address risk in Section 7 of their respective standards.

A good way to look at risk and to address risk is by utilizing the PDCA cycle - Plan, Do, Check and Act.

Standards Revision: ISO 9001:2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
ASR Editor
Dear ASR clients:

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard was published on September 15, 2015 (available 9/23/2015)
Required timing for client transition: No later than September 15, 2018

American Systems Registrar (ASR) plans to begin conducting audits to ISO 9001:2015 in January of 2016.

ASR will be recommending clients to transition to ISO 9001:2015 at their recertification audit if possible. Clients that transition at recertification time will not incur additional audit time. Clients may choose to transition at a surveillance audit or at a special audit at any time during the audit cycle. Additional audit time will be required to cover the review of changes to the quality management system. The additional time would be dependent on the size of the organization.

Presentation - A Review ISO 9001:2015 (Revision Update)

Monday, 07 April 2014
Rand E. Winters - ASR Lead Auditor
Overview of the changes to the ISO 9001 standard.

Determining Adequate 2015 Documentation

Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Rand Winters
Revision writers left it up to organizations determine how many and what procedures and work instructions to document. This vague approach to documentation opens the door for each organization to develop a system that reflects what works best for them.

Final voting on the 2015 revisions concludes in September and there may be some slight language changes.

Two types of documented information (ISO 9001:2015 4.4.2) are required. Organizations will have to maintain documented information (procedures and work instructions) and they will have to retain documented (records) information.

Risk Management - Advanced Product Planning for Industry

Friday, 07 March 2014
ASR Editor
Risk Management is part of ISO 13485:2003 and AS9100 Rev C.

These two standards need to be fully understood before an effectively implemented system can be developed. Some  type of risk management plan might be valuable for all manufacturing and service industries.

Is your supplier's QMS certificate recognized worldwide?

Thursday, 28 April 2016
ASR Editor
How do you know if a QMS is viable across the globe?

For almost 30 years, the ISO 9001 standard has been used in the United States. Thousands of manufacturers and non-manufactures have acquired QMS certificate. Attaining ISO 9001 recognition declares to customers "you can trust our quality system" while also giving order to the management of the organization's business system.

Addressing the Context of an Organization

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
ASR Editor
Central to maintaining a business is an understanding of the organization, its context as well as the needs and expectations of interested parties. Context could be expressed in an organization's existing vision, mission, policy or objectives.

Determining relevant internal and external issues is followed by the monitoring of those issues to achieve the intended results of the organization's business system. See ISO 9001:2015 or the ISO 14001:2015 for reference.

Take a look at your "Context of the Organization" and find opportunities for improvement.

Does ISO 9001 Certification Remind You of Spoiled Milk?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Dan Nelson
Bill Cosby once did a routine about a funny aspect of human nature: How we all seem to have a hard time believing the obvious.

So Cosby pulls some milk out of the fridge. He sniffs it. It’s unbelievably rancid, and
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