July, 2008 Newsletter Articles

ISO 38500 for IT Corporate Governance

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An inadequate information technology (IT) system can hinder the performance and competitiveness of your organization or expose it to the risk of not complying with legislation. The new ISO 38500 standard provides broad guidance on the role of top management in regards to the corporate governance of IT. Most organizations use IT as a fundamental business tool and few can function without it. IT is also a significant enabler in the future business plans of many organizations. ISO 38500 will help the governing body to evaluate, direct, and...

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ISO 9001:2008 Status

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The ISO/DIS 9001:2008 has been approved and the proposed standard is being submitted for voting as a Final Draft International Standard. If the FDIS is approved, the new edition should be published in the October-November 2008 time frame. The proposed ISO 9001:2008 does not introduce any additional requirements beyond the current ISO 9001:2000. Although certification is not compulsory, it is estimated that over one million ISO 9001 certificates have been issued to organizations in private and public sectors, in manufacturing and services, and...

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FMEA 4th Edition

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The new Potential Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Reference Manual, Fourth Edition, can improve the management of risks associated with product and process failure modes. FMEA is one of the Automotive Quality Core Tools developed by representatives of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Methods described in the new reference manual include those applicable to the DFMEA (product design at the system, subsystem, interface and component level) and to the PFMEA (process control at manufacturing and assembly operations). Improvements...

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Outsource Your Internal Audits?

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If your internal audit program is difficult to manage, and you wonder about its effectiveness, maybe it’s time to consider outsourcing it. We can maintain your audit schedule and assign experienced auditors to perform your internal audits. If an area needs to be audited more often based on the results, we adjust the audit schedule, but stay within the agreed to number of audit days. By using our independent auditors, you may end up with more impartial and objective audits. And, you can keep your “volunteer” auditors at their...

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Code of Ethics for Consultants

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In the June 2008 newsletter, I proposed an Internal Auditor Code of Conduct. My article began by stating that ethical behavior is the foundation of professionalism. Since many of us in the quality field have become self-employed consultants, I’m adding in this issue a proposed Consultant Code of Ethics. A client engages the consultant in the belief that the consultant is capable of performing the services, in a timely manner, and at an agreed to price. If you are a consultant, you should adopt a Code of Ethics similar to the one below to...

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