April, 2001 Newsletter Articles

RAB-Approved ISO 9001:2000 Transition Classes

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Our Auditor Refresher course is approved by the RAB, and accepted by IRCA, for the required transition training for certified auditors and lead auditors. The course is also valuable for previously trained internal auditors that need to understand the new ISO 9001:2000 requirements and consider the possible effects on audit approaches. Our transition training course has been taught 20 times over the past three months. It was selected by a major registrar to train nearly 100 of their auditors. The Auditor Refresher course will be taught...

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Scope Statements on Registration Certificates

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has issued the following guidance for registration certificates: Certificates issued to ISO 9001:2000 shall state clearly in words the scope of the quality management system in a way that will not mislead customers, and shall ensure that information is available for the user to determine which categories of product and product realization processes are included within the scope of registration. In particular, scope statements shall be explicit in stating the responsibility for product design and...

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Application of Clause 7.3 – Design and Development

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Since ISO 9001:2000 replaces the 1994 editions of ISO 9001, ISO 9002, and ISO 9003, it will no longer be clear from the standard title if the registered system includes design and development. As a result, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has issued the following guidance: If an organization has responsibility for, and performs or outsources the design and development of products that are within the scope of its certification, then clause 7.3 of ISO 9001:2000 shall be included in the quality management system. When assessing the...

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Key Changes in Documentation Requirements

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ISO 9001:2000 is less prescriptive than the 1994 version and allows an organization to be more flexible in the way it documents its quality management system. Organizations should develop the minimum amount of documentation needed to demonstrate the effective planning, operation, and control of its processes. The extent of the documentation will be based on process complexity, personnel competence, and organization size. Clause 4.2 of ISO 9001:2000 describes the documentation requirements for a quality management system. To see how these...

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The Future of QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949

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The European and US original equipment manufacturers of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) have said they: Will revise ISO/TS 16949:1999 for ISO 9001:2000 by March 2002 Have no plans to revise QS-9000, VDA6.1, EAQF94, or AVSQ94 for ISO 9001:2000 ISO/TS 16949:1999 certificates will remain valid until December 15, 2003, which corresponds to the end of the transition period for moving to ISO 9001:2000. What are your options as a QS-9000 registered organization? You can maintain your current QS-9000 registration until ISO/TS...

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How Well Do You Know ISO 9001:2000?

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How well do you know the new ISO 9001:2000 standard? Can you identify the clauses for these requirements? (See the answers at the end of the newsletter)    1. Reviewing the system at planned intervals: __________    2. Identifying the status of product measurements: __________    3. Maintaining process equipment: __________    4. Handling, packaging, and storing products: __________    5. Preventing the recurrence of nonconformities: __________    6. Maintaining evidence of conformity to acceptance criteria: _________    7....

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Answers for the ISO 9001:2000 Clause Quiz

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The correct clauses for the ten requirements are:    1. Reviewing the system at planned intervals = 5.6.1 [also 8.2.2 regarding audits]    2. Identifying the status of product measurements = 7.5.3    3. Maintaining process equipment = 6.3 (b)    4. Handling, packaging, and storing products = 7.5.5    5. Preventing the “recurrence” of nonconformities = 8.5.2 (not 8.5.3)    6. Maintaining evidence of conformity of acceptance criteria = 8.2.4    7. Ensuring requirements are complete and unambiguous = 7.3.2  [implied by...

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