September, 2000 Newsletter Articles

ISO 9001/2/3 Registrations in USA Continue to Grow

Sep 12, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Mid-2000 registrations to ISO 9001/2/3 are up 19% in the USA the past year to a total of more than 32,000 certificates. Registrations to QS-9000 (automotive sector) are up 15% in the USA to more than 5000 certificates, while AS9000 registrations (aerospace sector) are up almost 50% to nearly 200 certificates. The worldwide total of ISO 9001/2/3 certificates issued last year was 343,643. This was a 26.4% increase over the previous year. For more information,...

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Healthcare Guidelines Proposed as First ITA Document

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The Industry Technical Agreement (ITA) is a new way for ISO to quickly issue documents through open workshops involving the interested parties. The first proposal for an ITA deliverable is a draft 70-page document named “Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Process Improvements in Healthcare Organizations”. The ASQ Healthcare Division and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) jointly developed the proposed guidance to help healthcare organizations prevent errors, reduce variation, and continuously improve. The...

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Proposal to Simplify Lab Accreditation

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) have proposed a partnership for a broadly recognized lab accreditation system. According to NIST, the United States has about 50,000 testing labs and over 100 lab accreditation programs. Multiple accreditation audits may be required for a testing lab to satisfy government and industry programs. The goal is to simplify the process for complying with domestic and foreign requirements. You can see the memorandum of...

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TL 9000 Metrics Provide Benchmark Data

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TL 9000 is a telecommunication sector derivative of the ISO 9001 standard. It was developed by the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Forum. QuEST was founded to foster continued improvements to the quality and reliability of the telecommunications service. TL 9000 Quality System Requirements – Book 1 (Release 2.5) establishes a common set of requirements for suppliers of hardware, software, and services. The requirements are built upon ISO 9001. TL 9000 Quality System Metrics – Book 2 (Release 2.5)...

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ISO 9001:2000 Training for RAB Certified Auditors

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The Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) has announced that certified auditors must take transitional training on the new ISO 9000:2000 standards to maintain their certification. You will have 24 months to complete the training after ISO 9001:2000 is issued (which is expected to be November or December of this year). You must complete the training before conducting audits to the new standard if you want to use those audits for maintaining your certification. You may continue to use ISO 9001:1994 audits to maintain your certification for up to 3...

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Reduction in Requirements for QMS Auditor

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The Quality Management System (QMS) auditor certification program administered by the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) has been revised in three key areas: Work Experience The work experience requirement for applicants with a secondary school diploma or equivalent has been reduced from a minimum of 10 years to a minimum of 8 years. Auditor Experience The witnessed audit option for the QMS Auditor grade has been eliminated and your education level is no longer used to determine the required audit experience. All candidates must now perform a...

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FDIS Changes to ISO 9000:2000 Fundamentals and Vocabulary

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The ISO 9000 Fundamentals and Vocabulary standard is considered a “normative” reference  to ISO 9001:2000 and can be considered an extension to the Requirements standard. Definitions changed in the final draft version of  ISO 9000:2000 are expected to be: Work Environment (DIS): a set of conditions under which a person operates. Since this definition did not consider processes that operate without the direct involvement of a person, it will be changed to: (FDIS): a set of conditions under which work is...

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FDIS Changes to ISO 9001:2000 Requirements

Sep 11, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The FDIS version of ISO 9001:2000 is expected to have some clause numbering changes, as well as, numerous text revisions. For example, quality plan (5.5.5), document control (5.5.6), and record control (5.5.7) of the Management Responsibility section of the DIS version will be moved to Documentation Requirements in 4.2.2, 4.2.3, and 4.2.4, respectively. The old 5.5 Administration section will become Responsibility, Authority, and Communication. Another numbering change is the movement of process validation from 7.5.5 in the DIS to 7.5.2 in the...

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