Process Approach

Sort, Store, Shine, Standardize, Sustain (5S)

Friday, 15 May 2015
ASR Editor
Something to Think About
By Rand Winters
ASR Senior Auditor

In recent years, a number of ASR clients have started lean manufacturing programs without considering a full blown 5S program.

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

Process Metrics (Monitoring the Quality Management System Processes)

Thursday, 01 August 2013
Bart Solomon - Senior ASR Lead Auditor

Organizations sometimes struggle with setting up, maintaining and getting value from process metrics.

ISO 9001 does require that:

Clause 4.1
"The organization shall:
  • Determine criteria and methods needed to ensure that both the control and operation of these processes are effective
  • Monitor, measure where applicable, and analyze these processes and
  • Implement actions necessary to achieve planned results and continual improvement of these processes and Clause 8.2.3

Presentation - Layered Process Audit (LPA)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Karl Dorr
Detailed online slide presentation by Karl Dorr.

ISO 9001:2000, The Process Approach & Surveillance Audit Requirements

Friday, 07 March 2014
ASR Editor
We all know that at a Registration and/or a Re-Assessment Audit, auditors are required to review all elements of a Quality Management System as defined by the customer's processes and the ISO 9001:2000 Standard, but what truly needs to be audited during a surveillance audit? There is obviously less time involved, so a comprehensive look at the whole system is not  possible. However, as a Registrar, we want to give you a value-added audit that assists you with improving your business!

Risk Based Thinking – New for ISO 9001

Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Rand Winters

ISO/FDIS 9001:2015

A final draft of ISO 9001:2015 has been released for a final vote. Official release of ISO 9001:2015 is expected shortly after the September 9th voting deadline. There may be a slight change in the final wording of the document following this final vote.

In advance of the 2015 release of ISO 9001 it is important to revisit one of the major changes to the standard – developing risk based thinking.

Creating a Good Management Review System

Tuesday, 04 October 2011
Rand E. Winters - ASR Senior Auditor
ISO's series of standards including AS 9100 and ISO/TS 16949 require an annual management review. Results of management reviews should lead to an improving quality management system and key business processes.

Process Approach to Auditing and Expectations of Our Customers

Friday, 07 March 2014
ASR Editor
"Do I have to do process auditing?" ASR has had many discussions concerning this topic. So I would like to analyze the requirements and try to reach a logical conclusion that adds value to your quality management system and sets out ASR's expectations for your internal audit program.

Let's start by looking at what ISO 9001:2000 requires:

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