February, 2011 Newsletter Articles

Most Nonconforming in Audits

Feb 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

If you were to pick clauses from the ISO 9001 standard to be on your “Most” list, which ones would you select? I’ve chosen 6.1 as the most difficult to audit, 4.1 as the most ignored in audits, and 4.2.3 as the most nonconforming in audits. This article is on clause 4.2.3. The other two clauses are covered in separate articles in this newsletter. Most Nonconforming in Audits- 4.2.3 In my experience, more audit nonconformities are written against document control than any other element of the ISO 9001 standard. Why is that?...

Read More

Most Ignored in Audits

Feb 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

If you were to pick clauses from the ISO 9001 standard to be on your “Most” list, which ones would you select? I’ve chosen 6.1 as the most difficult to audit, 4.1 as the most ignored in audits, and 4.2.3 as the most nonconforming in audits. This article is on clause 4.1. The other two clauses are covered in separate articles in this newsletter. Most Ignored in Audits – 4.1 Remember when you were in school and had to write a paper on some subject? The teacher would remind you to use the opening paragraph to provide an...

Read More

Most Difficult to Audit

Feb 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

If you were to pick clauses from the ISO 9001 standard to be on your “Most” list, which ones would you select? I’ve chosen 6.1 as the most difficult to audit, 4.1 as the most ignored in audits, and 4.2.3 as the most nonconforming in audits. This article is on clause 6.1. The other two clauses are covered in separate articles in this newsletter. Most Difficult to Audit – 6.1 If you’ve been asked to audit an organization against the requirements of ISO 9001, clause 6.1, Provision of Resources, where do you...

Read More

Penalty Free Audits

Feb 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Internal audits are often viewed as negative events that disrupt work. Afterwards, they cause more work because you have to fix the reported problems. And, if management uses the audit results to reprimand employees and lower performance appraisals, audits may even be feared. Managers don’t want their audited areas to look bad and then face criticism from top management. As a result, employees may be told to not volunteer anything to the auditor, making it sound like they should hide problems to avoid nonconformities and the wrath of...

Read More