August, 2000 Newsletter Articles

New American Standards Proposed for Quality Auditing

Aug 12, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The ASQ Quality Audit Division has voted to start development of two new national standards for quality auditing. One standard will focus on process and product audits. The other standard will cover audits that evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of the audited requirements (referred to as management or performance audits). Although progress is being made to develop a combined international standard for auditing quality and environmental management systems, it is viewed by QAD as only addressing compliance auditing at the system...

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Will ISO 9001:2000 Change Your Quality Policy?

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Clause 5.3 on Quality Policy in ISO/DIS 9001:2000 states that top management must ensure the policy: Is appropriate for the organization Includes a commitment to: meeting requirements continual improvement Provides a framework for: establishing quality objectives reviewing quality objectives Is communicated and understood Is reviewed for continuing suitability Does you current policy statement include a commitment to meeting requirements and continual improvement? The new standard will also require use of the quality policy as a...

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Guidance on Permissible Exclusions for ISO 9001:2000

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The current ISO 9001, ISO 9002, and ISO 9003 standards are being replaced by the single ISO 9001:2000 standard. As a result, some of its requirements may not be applicable to all organizations. Clause 1.2 of ISO 9001:2000 defines the conditions under which an organization can exclude certain requirements that are not relevant to their quality management system. Requirements may only be excluded if they do not affect an organization’s ability, or absolve it from its responsibility, to provide product that meets customer and applicable...

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ISO 9000 Revisions Move to Final Draft (FDIS) Status

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More than 300 delegates from 46 countries participated in the ISO Technical Committee 176 working sessions during July in Kyoto, Japan. The Year 2000 revisions of the ISO 9000 standards received a positive vote and were elevated to the final draft stage. Only one member voted against elevating ISO 9001 (Japan) and only one member cast a negative vote for ISO 9004 (France). All of the US concerns on the standards were resolved to the satisfaction of the US TAG delegation. TC 176 Chairman, Dr. Pierre Caillibot, stated: “The new ISO 9000...

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