April, 2006 Newsletter Articles

New Definitions and Notes in ISO 9000:2005

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ISO 9000:2005 is the third edition of the Fundamentals and Vocabulary standard and replaces ISO 9000:2000. Some of its new definitions and notes are: 1. Competence is now included twice in the definitions section. At section 3.1.6 under the Quality-related terms it is defined as the “demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills”. At section 3.9.14 under Audit-related terms it is defined as “(audit) demonstrated personal attributes and demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills”. 2. Contract is added at...

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ISO 23081 for Records Management Metadata

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A new set of ISO guidelines has been published to enable management to deliver authentic, reliable, and usable records over time to meet their business needs. Records are created, received, and constantly referred to in the conduct of business activities. To preserve records and guarantee their authenticity, reliability, usability, and integrity, metadata must be produced through time both within and across domains. The implementation of the new ISO 23081-1:2006 will support business and records management processes by enabling records to be...

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ISO 14064 on Greenhouse Gases

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The ISO 14064 standards for greenhouse gas accounting and verification published in March 2006 provide government and industry with an integrated set of tools for programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as for emissions trading. ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden commented: “Claims made about reductions of the greenhouse gas emissions widely held responsible for climate change may have political and financial implications, in addition to environmental and technical ones. Ensuring their credibility is thus vital.” ISO...

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Counterintuitive Internal Audit Improvements

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Want to improve your internal audit program? Read these audit improvement ideas from Kristin Case that may be counter to what you would think … yet greatly benefit your organization. 1. Limit the number of corrective actions from an internal audit. This is especially important when the quality management system is young or in its early stages of development. I’m not suggesting that you blindfold your auditors as they set out to audit. But, an internal audit program besieged with corrective actions can choke the progress toward a more...

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Clarifying the Intent of ISO 14001:2004

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The US Technical Advisory Group to Technical Committee 207 has a set of questions and answers available to help clarify the intent of ISO 14001:2004 requirements. Some examples are: 1. Question Must a regulated environmental aspect automatically be considered a significant environmental aspect? Answer No. Section 3.6 states that a “significant environmental aspect has or can have a significant environmental impact.”  ISO 14001 does not establish the criteria for determining significance. 2. Question Must each objective have a...

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