February, 2005 Newsletter Articles

IAF Transition Guidance for ISO 14001:2004

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF), in consultation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), have set the expiration date for all 60,000 certificates to ISO 14001:1996 at May 15, 2006. After this date, the only valid accredited certificates for environmental management systems will be those issued against the requirements of the new ISO 14001:2004 edition of the standard. In setting this transition period of 18 months from the publication date of the new ISO 14001 edition, IAF and ISO took into account: six...

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Auditing for Continual Improvement

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How does an auditor judge how much improvement is “enough”? The ISO 9001:2000 requirement is for continual improvement of the effectiveness (results) of the quality management system. Continual improvement will be assessed based on the quality objectives set by top management. Quality Objectives The auditor should determine if the organization has attempted to set objectives that establish the correlation between three factors: corporate objectives customer needs market expectations Thereafter, it is up to the organization to...

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Writing: A Ticket to Work … Or a Ticket Out

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The National Commission on Writing issued a report titled, “Writing: A Ticket to Work … Or a Ticket Out: A Survey of Business Leaders”. The survey concluded that writing in today’s workplace is a “threshold skill” for hiring and promotion among salaried employees. In other words, writing is a ticket to professional opportunity, while poorly written job applications are a figurative kiss of death. Estimates based on the survey reveal that employers spend billions annually to correct writing deficiencies. One...

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RABQSA Criteria for Quality Auditor Certification

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The new RABQSA organization (replaced the RAB on January 1, 2005) offers two types of certification schemes for quality management system auditors: 1. Accredited: competency-based referencing ISO 17024:2003, and 2. Non-Accredited: based on the prior RAB scheme (to be phased out YE2006). Certification Grades The old RAB scheme had three QMS auditor certification grades: Provisional Auditor, Auditor, and Lead Auditor. The new RABQSA accredited scheme has five grades: Provisional QMS Auditor QMS Auditor Principal QMS Auditor Lead QMS...

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Tips for Selecting a Certification Body

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Did you notice the title of this article refers to “Certification Body” instead of “Registrar”? The new ANAB web site (http://www.anab.org) uses Certification Bodies (CBs) like the rest of the world, not Registrars as previously used by the RAB. This terminology change took place when the ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Board became the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). On the ANAB web site, they have a section titled, “Tips for Selecting a Certification Body”:   As with most of life’s...

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