December, 2004 Newsletter Articles

ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 Are Published

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO has published revised, improved versions of ISO 14001 and ISO 14004. These standards are expected to put the benefits of implementing an environmental management system (EMS) within the reach of an even greater number and variety of organizations. “These standards represent the state of the art in environmental management practice,” affirmed ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden, “and are at the leading edge of ISO’s comprehensive offering to help organizations address all three dimensions of sustainable development...

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ISO Issues New Conformity Assessment Standards

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

This article describes the following new Conformity Assessment standards: ISO 17000:2004, Conformity assessment – Vocabulary and general principles ISO Guide 60:2004, Conformity assessment – Code of good practice ISO Guide 67:2004, Conformity assessment – Fundamentals of products certification ISO Guide 28:2004, Conformity assessment – Guidance on third-party certification system for products ISO 17011:2004, Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment...

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ISO/TR 14969 Available with Guidance on ISO 13485

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO/TR 14969:2004 is available with guidance for the application of the medical device requirements contained in ISO 13485:2003. It does not add to, or change, the requirements of ISO 13485. The guidance can be used to better understand the requirements of ISO 13485 and to illustrate some of the variety of methods and approaches available for meeting its requirements. This new standard can be ordered through ANSI for $137...

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New Auditor Certification Process with RABQSA

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

If you are an RAB certified auditor, the planned merger of the RAB and QSA organizations will affect your continued auditor certification. In the past, certification basically consisted of successfully completing an auditing class, passing its examination, and then collecting sufficient audits on your log for submission to the RAB. Beginning next year, the auditor certification process will require passing an online psychometric test to determine if you have the desired attributes. Knowledge and skills will still be determined and may be...

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ISO/DIS 17021 Requires an Onsite Readiness Review

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO/DIS 17021 is titled, “Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.” This draft standard states initial registration audits are to be conducted in two stages: Stage 1 – Readiness Review, and Stage 2 – Site Audit. Offsite readiness reviews have been common in the past and may have only required the submission of the quality manual for review. In the near future, when ISO 17021 becomes a requirement for registrars, that will no longer be the case. Onsite...

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ISO 17050 for Supplier Declaration of Conformity

Dec 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO 17050-1:2004 and ISO 17050-2:2004 give added weight to a supplier’s declaration of conformity. These new standards define requirements for suppliers to meet when they make formal claims that products, services, systems, processes, or materials conform to relevant standards, regulations, or other specifications. Claims that meet the requirements of ISO 17050 are expected to inspire greater confidence among governments, regulatory authorities, consumers, and end users than claims without such backing. This is because the standard...

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