September, 2012 Newsletter Articles

Audit Interviews

Sep 3, 2012 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Larry Whittington will present a new one hour “Conducting Successful Audit Interviews” webinar at 1:00 PM ET on September 26, 2012. You can register at this web page. The webinar is described below: Audit interviews are one of four ways to gather information during an audit, the others being to review documents, observe operations, and examine records. Conducting efficient and effective interviews will be the key to a successful audit. During interviews, we gather information about processes that may not be described in a...

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Our Consultants

Sep 3, 2012 in Newsletter | 0 comments

If your organization needs training, consulting, or auditing, we can assign an experienced consultant to help you. Most of our consultants are Exemplar Global or IRCA certified lead auditors and all have worked with management system standards in a variety of industry sectors. Although we are based in Florida, we have consultants available in other states. Click on the consultant names below to see their extensive qualifications. Rich Barish (South Carolina) – ISO 9001, ISO 14001, TS 16949, OHSAS 18001 Roy D’Ardenne (Virginia)...

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Audit Day Table

Sep 3, 2012 in Newsletter | 0 comments

How many audit days would a certification body (registrar) estimate for your initial stage 1 and stage 2 certification audit, ongoing surveillance visits, or re-certification audit? The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) provides Mandatory Documents (MD 5:2009 and MD 9:2011) to certification bodies that contain mandatory provisions and guidance on the time required to audit their clients. MD 5:2009 applies to quality management systems (ISO 9001) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001). MD 9:2011 applies to medical device quality...

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Enterprise Quality

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The American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC), a nonprofit membership organization specializing in process improvement and benchmarking, released a research-based report, “Using Enterprise Quality Measurement to Drive Business Value,” outlining what it described as eight “imperatives” for an enterprise quality function. The eight imperatives, described as stepping stones in the emerging enterprise quality discipline, are: 1. Align enterprise quality with strategic goals and initiatives. 2. Establish structures and...

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NIST Security Guides

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released new guidance on how federal agencies and businesses can deal with network attacks and malware. The advice on the latest in security best practices has been provided in the two publications listed below: 1. Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems 2. Guide to Malware Incident Prevention and Handling for Desktops and Laptops Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems The Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) guide covers wireless,...

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