February, 2010 Newsletter Articles

ISO 9000 Conference

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Larry Whittington will be a speaker at the International Conference on ISO 9000 to be held March 15-16 in Orlando, FL. View these web pages to see the conference description and download the conference brochure.

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Auditing vs. Consulting

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Auditors want to conduct value-added audits, but they have to be careful not to offer advice that would result in consulting and thereby contaminate their independence. A “value-added” audit adds value by providing useful information that helps an organization improve its management system and achieve its business objectives. However, this useful information should be limited to reporting nonconformities, evaluating process effectiveness, and identifying opportunities for improvement, not by providing specific solutions. Auditors...

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Disney Leadership

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An article in the HR Daily Advisor titled, “Disney World: It’s Not Magic, It’s Work” caught my attention. Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations at Disney World, outlines in his book, “Creating Magic”, the principles that make Disney World a model for management. 1. Remember, Everyone Is Important Inclusion is important at Disney World, and it is more than just hiring diversely and respecting differences. It is about engaging and involving your employees and showing them that each one...

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Implement ISO 9001

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If you are faced with implementing ISO 9001, or anticipate it may soon become a requirement for your organization, keep reading. This article identifies reasons to implement the standard, summarizes its requirements, explains the certification process, identifies implementation steps, describes a typical schedule, estimates the costs, and lists expected benefits. REASONS There are a number of reasons why an organization might pursue ISO 9001 certification. Most often, it is because a client requests it, or a contract requires it. Why would a...

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ISO 22006 for Crops

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ISO 22006:2009, Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001:2008 to Crop Production, has been published. It gives guidelines to assist crop producers in the adoption of ISO 9001:2008 for crop production processes. The term “crop” includes seasonal crops (such as grains, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruits, and vegetables), row-planted crops that are cultivated, perennial crops that are managed over a period of time, and wild crops that are not formally planted or managed. Horticultural crops provide...

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Contact Your Registrar

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Have you made any changes that might affect the capability of your quality management system? Did you inform your certification body in advance of their next surveillance audit? In clause 8.6.3 of ISO 17021, the requirements standard for registrars, it states a certification body must have legally enforceable arrangements to ensure certified clients inform them, without delay, of any matters that may affect the capability of the management system to continue to meet the requirements of the standard used for certification. Using examples from...

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