June, 2005 Newsletter Articles

Transition to New RABQSA Auditor Grades

Jun 11, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

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 (phasing 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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Check Your E-Mail Before You Click Send

Jun 11, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Deborah Dumaine, author of Write to the Top, states that poorly conceived and written e-mail can do a grave disservice to our careers. She says, “Too many managers just don’t believe that taking the time to write a professional-sounding e-mail makes a difference.” She adds, “Many executives judge managers poorly who haven’t mastered the skill.” Dumaine discovered that top management will often doubt a manager’s skills when they receive careless, error-filled e-mail communication. Among the questions...

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Fact Sheet for Continual Improvement

Jun 11, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

What is continual improvement? Continual improvement is a type of change that is focused on increasing the effectiveness and/or efficiency of an organization to fulfill its policy and objectives. It is not limited to quality initiatives. Improvement in business strategy; business results; and customer, employee and supplier relationships can be subject to continual improvement. Put simply, it means ‘getting better all the time’. What should be improved? Continual improvement should focus on enablers such as leadership,...

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Quick Reference for AS9100B:2004

Jun 11, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

A clause-by-clause summary of the AS9100B:2004 requirements has been added to our web site. This Quick Reference identifies the additional AS9100B:2004 clauses beyond those in ISO 9001:2000 by displaying them in Italics. ISO 9001:2000 clauses with additional AS9100B:2004 requirements or notes have an “*” in the AS column. Clauses with AS9006 clarifications or requirements for deliverable software are identified with a “S”. See the example for clause 4 below: AS9100 Revision B Clauses AS Summary of...

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What Has Changed in ISO 14001:2004

Jun 11, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

In a January-February 2005 article in ISO Management Systems, Oswald Dodds (who chairs ISO/TC 207) summarized the main changes in ISO 14001:2004 compared to the 1996 version as: An explanation of “Plan, Do, Check, Act” has been added to figure 1 (the EMS improvement spiral) closely modeled on that contained in ISO 9001:2000 Six new definitions have been added and several have been changed (to enhance compatibility and improve clarity) There is now an explicit requirement to define the scope of the EMS and to then include all...

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See the References at our Web Links

Jun 10, 2005 in Newsletter | 0 comments

We have 120 web sites listed on our LINKS page. Most of the links are to non-profit associations, institutes, and societies. If your favorite web site isn’t listed, please let us know. Try out a few of the links and find valuable resources for future reference.

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