August, 2001 Newsletter Articles

EPA Issues Report on ISO 14001 Auditing

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed a year-long, independent study of the third-party registration process for environmental management systems. Their analysis and recommendations were recently issued in a 142 page report. They concluded that the ISO 14001 accreditation, registration, and auditing systems are developing well at this “early stage”. Most registered organizations contacted for the study are satisfied with the results. These organizations report that third-party registration and auditing have...

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Free Subscriptions to Trade Magazines

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The Business News Publishing Company offers free subscriptions to 38 trade industry magazines to qualifying subscribers through their <http://www.renewforfree.com> site. Although it is set up for online renewals, the site can also be used by new accounts to sign up for free magazines. “Quality” is one of the magazines they offer at the site. Canon Communications publishes 13 trade magazines covering the medical manufacturing, general design, microelectronics, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries. You can request free...

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New QS-9000 Sanctioned Interpretations

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New QS-9000 Sanctioned Interpretations dated July 1, 2001 have been issued by the Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force of DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors. A letter to their global suppliers said the document had been updated with three new interpretations as part of their continued effort to support quality performance in the automotive supply chain. The three new interpretations are: 1. Entry C9 for QS-9000 3rd Edition, clause 4.6.2.1, now defines the goal of subcontractor development as compliance within 18 months after the...

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Audits of Registrars as Aerospace Suppliers

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Registrars that perform audits of aerospace suppliers to the revised AS9100 requirements will be considered as suppliers and audited by companies in the aerospace industry. Frank Paskiewicz of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was quoted as saying any use of third-party quality system surveillance is considered a supplier activity and must be appropriately controlled. Dale Gordon, chairman of the Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) and director of quality and business improvement for Defense North America at Rolls Royce, stated in...

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New ISO Guidance for Health Care Industry

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The ISO 9004:2000-based guidance document for hospitals and other health care organizations has been approved for publication as an ISO Industry Workshop Agreement. This is the same document referred to in an earlier newsletter as an International Technical Agreement. The name for the ISO document category has changed from ITA to IWA. An IWA is an alternative to full-fledged International Standards when swift development and publication takes priority. An ITA is developed in open workshops rather than through the ISO technical committee...

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Revision for ISO 9000-3 Software Guidelines

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The ISO 9000-3:1997 Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001 to the Development, Supply, and Maintenance of Software will be revised to incorporate the verbatim text of ISO 9001:2000. The revised ISO 9000-3 is expected to be published in 2002. The software guidance document will include references to these related (existing or developing) standards: ISO 12207 Information Technology — Software Life Cycle Processes ISO 15504 Information Technology — Software Process Assessment ISO 15939 Information Technology – Software...

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Use of Audit Checklists with ISO 9001:2000

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Although audit checklists have never been required by ISO 9001, most organizations use them to ensure their internal audits address all the documented requirements. Auditing courses promote the use of checklists and provide practice in creating them. However, audits to ISO 9001:2000 should cause us to rethink our use of checklists. As interview tools, they should help us audit effectively and provide valuable feedback on the results of the quality management system. If not, why are we still using them? Well, there are good reasons to use them....

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