July, 2005 Newsletter Articles

CQAs Recognized as RABQSA Provisional Auditors

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RABQSA International (RABQSA) and the American Society of Quality (ASQ) have announced that RABQSA will recognize the ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) for immediate certification as an RABQSA certified QMS Provisional Auditor in the Accredited (ISO 17024:2003) QMS Personnel Certification Scheme. “Having determined that the CQA examination and related criteria meets the knowledge based competency requirements of RABQSA’s accredited QMS Auditor certification, we are extremely proud to offer accredited certification to ASQ’s QAD...

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Requirements and Guidance on Internal Audits

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You’re probably familiar with the ISO 9001:2000 requirements for an internal audit program. But, have you thought about improving your internal audits by considering the extra requirements and guidance from the different industry sector schemes? Well, read on, because after a brief review of the ISO 9001:2000 audit requirements, you’ll hear about additional requirements (AS9100, TL 9000, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001) and guidance (ISO 9004, ISO 14004, ISO 90003, and ISO 19011) to consider for your internal audit...

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Sarbanes-Oxley and Outsourcing

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) impacts on both user and service organizations. In this article, Luc Klein of LogicaCMG describes the options firms have for compliance, the specific issues they must be aware of, and why time is running out for non-U.S. companies that are listed in the United States. As companies choose to devote key resources to core business activities, it is increasingly common for supporting functions to be outsourced. These often include IT-intensive activities such as information processing, claims management, and...

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What Does ISO 9001 Mean in the Supply Chain?

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ISO has published a short information brochure,ISO 9001:2000 – What does it mean in the supply chain? This document is aimed at managers who are involved in selecting suppliers and making purchasing decisions, who may well encounter suppliers that claim to have an ISO 9001:2000-based quality management system. The brochure addresses the following main topics: What is ISO 9001:2000? What does “conformity to ISO 9001:2000” mean? How does ISO 9001:2000 help managers to select a a supplier? How can managers have confidence that...

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Disposal of Electronic Records

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Quality management systems are supported by large amounts of electronic information. And, many of these records must be kept for long times. Of course, when the retention periods are over, you want to dispose of the records in a way that protects the confidentiality of your business and personal data. Does your records management process address the data residing on old computers that are ready for sale, recycling, or destruction? Does your organization understand that erased data on an old computer drive may still be retrievable? There are a...

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ISO 17799 and ISO 27001 – Information Security

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ISO 17799:2005 – Information Technology – Security Techniques – Code of Practice for Information Security Management This new version of ISO 17799 addresses the security of information in its widest sense, providing best business practice, guidelines and general principles for implementing, maintaining, and managing information security in any organization, producing and using information in any form. Any organization has assets, essential to its continuity. Arguably, information in its various forms is the most...

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