February, 2000 Newsletter Articles

New Auditing Guidelines Document

Feb 12, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The ISO 10011 auditing standard for quality management (ISO 9000) is being combined with the ISO 14011 auditing standard for environmental management (ISO 14000). The first committee draft of the new standard has been issued as ISO 19011. ISO 19011 is expected to be finalized late in 2001 and offer improved descriptions of: the typical audit process, audit program management, and qualifications of auditors.

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ISO 9001:2000 Transition Planning

Feb 12, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Representatives of TC 176, CASCO, IAF, and IATCA have agreed on consistent guidance for the implementation of ISO 9001:2000. The key elements of the cooperative agreement are: 1) Registration certificates may not be issued against the new standard until the final International Standard is published (expected in 4Q-2000). 2) Registrars may perform audits to the latest draft of ISO 9001:2000 prior to the publication of the International Standard (the DIS is available now; the FDIS is expected in 3Q-2000). 3) Certificates issued to ISO...

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New Standard for Lean Operations

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The Society of Automotive Engineers has issued an official standard for lean operation. The document, “Identification and Measurement of Best Practice in Implementation of Lean Operation” is called SAE J4000. The standard can be used as a yardstick for defining “lean” and measuring the lean status of your manufacturing operation. It also provides a method for comparing your operation with the most successful lean operation systems. Lean operations can save significant time and cost by eliminating waste in the value...

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Tax Deduction for ISO 9000 Costs

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued a ruling that allows businesses a tax deduction for the costs of implementing and maintaining ISO 9000 registration. Several organizations had petitioned the IRS to permit firms to deduct ISO 9000-related costs in a single year instead of spreading the expenses over several years. The IRS ruling stated, “Although ISO 9000 is voluntary, it increasingly is a contractual requirement for doing business with many organizations, both public and private, worldwide.” A prior unofficial IRS position...

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