New ISO 9001:2000 Interpretations

ISO Technical Committee 176 established a web site for ISO 9001:2000 interpretations at <http://www.tc176.org/Interpre.asp>. Their earlier interpretations were included in our January 2004 and September 2004 newsletters. Since those newsletters, the committee has added these ISO 9001:2000 interpretations:

ISO 9001:2000 Interpretation RFI – 043

Request: ISO 9001:2000 Clause 7.3
Does ISO 9001:2000 require Clause 7.3 to be applied to the design and development of the package necessary to preserve the conformity of the product during delivery?

Background
: This request for interpretation does not address the packaging process, but the package that is necessary to protect the product.

Interpretation
: Yes.

Rationale
: The organization is, per sub-clause 7.5.5, responsible for preserving the conformity of the product. Preservation includes packaging. In cases where design and development of the package is necessary to preserve conformity, this has to be performed in accordance with Clause 7.3 of the standard.

ISO 9001:2000 Interpretation RFI – 046

Request: ISO 9001:2000 Clause 7.4.1
Does Clause 7.4.1 require that records of evaluations of suppliers and any necessary actions arising from these evaluations be maintained by all organizations, irrespective of their size?

Background
: In small companies where the owners are personally responsible for the purchasing of resources and know their individual suppliers, maintaining records of supplier assessments can be very bureaucratic.

Interpretation
: Yes.