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10 Essential tips for a great Quality Management System – #1 Leading from the top – Management leadership and commitment

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10 Essential tips for a great Quality Management System #1 Leading from the top – Management leadership and commitment   For people to take a QMS (Quality Management System) seriously, it is essential that they perceive genuine leadership and commitment by top management*. It is the people at the top that have the greatest effect on…

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Its time to transition your QMS (Quality Management System) to ISO9001:2015

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Its time to transition your QMS (Quality Management System) to ISO9001:2015 When the latest ISO9001 quality management standard was released in September 2015, ISO set out a 3-year period for organizations to transition for certification purposes. If your organization has not yet transitioned its QMS, this PDF article will give you the heads-up on the…

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Knowledge management in your QMS – ISO transition article relating to ISO 9001 clause 7.1.6

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  Knowledge management in your QMS – ISO transition article relating to ISO 9001 clause 7.1.6 This article is particularly relevant to organizations seeking to develop or transition a quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. ISO 9001 has introduced the topic of knowledge management. This is essentially a new requirement, as there was no…

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Planning for change – ISO transition article relating to ISO 9001 clause 6.3

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This article is particularly relevant to organizations seeking to develop or transition a quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. There has been much ballyhoo about the latest ISO 9001 standard placing more emphasis on risk and no longer mandating requirements for a quality manual and documented procedures. In the meantime, certain other new or…

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From commitment to leadership – ISO transition article relating to clause 5 in various ISO management system standards

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From commitment to leadership  ISO transition article relating to clause 5 in various ISO management system standards This article is particularly relevant to organizations seeking to transition a quality, environmental, OHS, or information security management system to the latest standards. For a management system to be really successful, it needs to be inspired and led…

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Understanding the context of your organization – ISO transition article relating to clause 4 in various ISO management system standards

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Understanding the context of your organization ISO transition article relating to clause 4 in various ISO management system standards   This article is particularly relevant to organizations seeking to transition a quality, environmental, OHS, or information security management system to the latest standards. In risk management, the first step has always been to establish the…

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Is it time to dump your Quality Manual?

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Is it time to dump your Quality Manual?   In ISO 9001:2015, the requirement for a quality manual is notable for its absence. This is part of a general change of focus away from documentation and towards the management of work processes and risk. This article discusses what you might do about it. The ISO…

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Top 5 changes for ISO 9001:2015

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Top 5 changes for ISO 9001:2015 ISO 9001:2015 brings a significant change of emphasis in requirements for quality management systems. If you haven’t yet looked into what’s new for ISO 9001:2015, here is a very brief introduction to 5 the most important changes it brings, and the reasons behind them. If you haven’t yet looked…

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The new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard – How will it affect your organisation?

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The new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard – How will it affect your organisation?   ISO has recently updated the popular ISO 9001 standard. This update includes some very significant changes to the structure and requirements, and will affect all organistions intending to maintain a certified QMS or IMS. This article describes significant changes, timeframes,…

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How long will it take to get triple certified?

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How long will it take to get triple certified?   Government and corporate clients often require or prefer their suppliers to have certified management systems for Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), and Health and Safety (either OHSAS 18001 or a national standard such as AS/NZS 4801). Certification can provide a competitive edge that makes…

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