Items tagged with QMS

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.

New Rules for ISO/TS 16949

Monday, 10 February 2014
ASR Editor
Effective April 1, 2014, ASR will begin auditing against the new ISO/TS 16949 rules.

ASR prepared an informational piece regarding the updated rules and within the last 30 days e-mailed it to automotive clients. If you have questions or did not receive the e-mail, contact Dave Gawlak or Tom Droog at ASR.

Root Cause Analysis Defined

Friday, 07 March 2014
ASR Editor
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.

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.

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

Marketing Your Management System Certificate

Friday, 07 March 2014
ASR Editor

Heads Up..

As a reminder, website, printed promotional and sales material must conform to your Management System's certification scope.

Some organizations have opted to exclude certain functions from the scope of their Management System and those exclusions are listed on their certificate.

What Does Your Website Say About Your Quality System?

Wednesday, 24 February 2016
ASR Editor
Your organization's web site has information that is important to your QMS. It might be advertising (communications media) your firm's capabilities and should reflect the current operating status and scope statement found on your registration certificate.

The American National Accreditation Board (ANAB) governs USA registration bodies and they have mandated certain requirements for client communications material. ANAB's objective is to ensure certificate holders don't promote a service such as design when the organization's certificate scope does not reflect that activity.

Executive Management, are you Using the Quality Management System to Improve Your BUSINESS?

Saturday, 08 March 2014
ASR Editor
Organizations today cannot afford to maintain a quality management system without getting full value from it. So....How do we  get value from our quality management system?

BY using the management system to:

Presentation - Layered Process Audit (LPA)

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

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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