December, 2008 Newsletter Articles

Multi-Site Certification

Dec 8, 2008 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Some organizations end up with separate management system certificates across their multiple sites due to business demands, site readiness, process variations, or company mergers. Individual certificates might have been the best solution at the time, but if these organizations qualify, they should consider merging their multiple certificates into a single scope of certification. If the activities across the multiple sites are carried out in a similar manner, under the organization’s authority and control, the organization may qualify for...

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ISO Certificate Survey

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The recently issued ISO Survey – 2007 reveals that ISO management system certificates are held in 175 countries, demonstrating that the international standards have become essential tools of the world economy. The principal findings of the survey are described below: ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management): By the end of 2007, at least 951,486 ISO 9001:2000 certificates had been issued in 175 countries. The 2007 total represents an increase of 54,557, or a 6% increase over 2006. The Service sectors accounted for 32% of the certificates...

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AS9100 OASIS

Dec 8, 2008 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) wants to ensure continual improvement in the aerospace supply chain by focusing on: 1. Details and appropriateness of nonconformities identified during an audit. 2. Depth and adequacy of the root cause analysis and related corrective action plan. This IAQG activity was initiated because of the perception of poor root-cause analysis by AS9100 certified organizations, and the soft grading of findings by third party auditors. As a result, IAQG now requires certification bodies to enter additional...

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Move to ISO 9001:2008

Dec 8, 2008 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Will you be ready for your transition audit to ISO 9001:2008? Although it was announced as not containing any new requirements, you still need to examine it to see how it might affect your quality management system. Since ISO 9001:2008 provides clarified requirements and new notes, these changes might cause your organization to interpret the requirements differently. Your certification body will expect to see evidence during the transition audit that you have carefully considered these differences and revised your quality management system...

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EPCRA Amendments

Dec 8, 2008 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) establishes requirements for federal, state, and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry, regarding emergency planning and “Community Right-to-Know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized several changes to the EPCRA reporting requirements. These changes include clarification on how to report hazardous chemicals in mixtures, and changes to the Tier I and Tier II forms. Additionally, the rules now...

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