March, 2009 Newsletter Articles

AS9100C Differences

Mar 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

AS9100C Transition Plan The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has proposed a 30-month transition timeline for existing certified organizations. However, due to the need for global harmonization and the release of supporting standards, the start date for transition had not been set (as of the date of this article). A possible scenario could be: January 2009:  AS9100C was released. March 2009 – August 2009  (6 months for training providers to develop training for the new standard) September 2009 – August 2010:  (12...

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How Many Shalls?

Mar 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Have you ever been asked how many requirements are in ISO 9001:2008? Well, one answer might be that there are 136 “shall” statements in the standard, spread across the five major clauses as shown below: Clause 4: Quality Management System = 13 Clause 5: Management Responsibility = 15 Clause 6: Resource Management = 5 Clause 7: Product Realization = 67 Clause 8: Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement = 36 But, how do you count a “shall” with multiple sub-clauses? Should each sub-clause be viewed as a separate...

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Actions After Audits

Mar 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

According to ISO 9001:2000, clause 8.2.2, on internal audits, we were to ” … ensure that actions are taken without undue delay to eliminate the detected nonconformities and their causes”. Many organizations interpreted these actions to be taken as “corrective actions”, and they were partially right. ISO 9001:2008 expanded the internal audit requirement to say “ensure that anynecessary corrections and corrective actions are taken … “. This revision tells us that an immediate correction might...

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Prepare for an Audit

Mar 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

To prepare your organization for an external audit: Communicate the audit scope and schedule Ensure key contacts are available for interview Verify process owners can clearly describe inputs and outputs resources and methods controls and measures Arrange for auditor access to documentation Plan the logistics for the audit team visit Managers of the areas to be audited should: Become familiar with the documents in their area Walk through the area for a spot check on operations Verify that only valid documents are being used Identify...

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ISO 9001 and Risk

Mar 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

What does ISO 9001 say regarding risk management? Well, ISO 9001:2008, clause 0.4, repeats this statement unchanged from the ISO 9001:2000 standard (underlines are my emphasis): This International Standard does not include requirements specific to other management systems, such as those particular to environmental management, occupational health and safety management, financial management, or risk management.  It seems to clearly state there are no requirements in ISO 9001 for risk management. However, the revised statement below from...

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