March, 2006 Newsletter Articles

Environmental Aspects, Impacts, and Targets

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ISO 14001:2004 is concerned with environmental management so an organization can: minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance Implementing an environmental management system requires identifying the environmental aspects associated with the organization’s past, existing, or planned activities, products, and services. An environmental aspect is an element of an activity or product or service that can interact with the environment. ISO 14001:2004,...

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Quality Management Gives Competitive Advantage

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The Aberdeen Group recently issued a report that revealed more than half of best-in-class companies cite enforcement of quality procedures as the top strategic action for their business. Manufacturers that have developed a quality management program that spans from suppliers, through sales and production, and out to the end-customer are achieving competitive advantage. According to the research presented in the report, “The Product Quality Benchmark Report: Achieving Quality across the Global Manufacturing Network”, leading...

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IWA 1:2005 for Health Service Organizations

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IWA 1:2005 provides guidance for any health service organization involved in the management, delivery, or administration of health service products or services, including training and research, in the life continuum process for human beings, regardless of type, size, and the product or service provided. IWA 1:2005, Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Process Improvements in Health Service Organizations, can be acquired at the ANSI e-Standards Store. Other International Workshop Agreement (IWA) standards for quality management...

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Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), 4th Edition

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The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), 4th Edition manual will be released on March 1, 2006. The PPAP manual defines requirements for the production part approval process, as defined by Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. It has been updated to align with the automotive “process approach”. The new PPAP manual includes the following changes: Alignment of PPAP to the ISO/TS 16949:2002 process approach Relocation of Customer Specific Instructions to appropriate Web sites to provide more current...

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New Information Technology Standards

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A new Information Technology series of standards is being published on Security Techniques for IT networks. The ISO 18028 standards detail the specific operations and mechanisms needed to implement network security safeguards and controls in a wide range of network environments, providing a bridge between general IT security management issues and network security technical implementations. ISO 18028 comes in five parts: ISO/FCD 18028-1:200x – Information Technology – Security Techniques – IT Network Security – Part...

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