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ISO 9001:2015 Classes in Orlando, Florida

Jun 1, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on ISO 9001:2015 Classes in Orlando, Florida

Larry Whittington will be the instructor for these ISO 9001:2015 classes in Orlando, Florida:

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements 
June 5-6, 2017 – Confirmed
September 18-19, 2017

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor
June 5-7, 2017 – Confirmed
September 18-20, 2017

ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor
June 5-8, 2017 – Confirmed
September 18-21, 2017

Click on one of the course titles above to view its course description and enroll in a class.

If you have questions about the training, or the registration process, please call 770-862-1766.

Technologies Impacting Supply Chain

Jun 1, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Technologies Impacting Supply Chain

A recent article posted at the Material Handling & Logistics website said that if your company wants to ensure its long-term survival, it had better take a close look at these technologies: drones, driverless vehicles, 3-D printing, wearable technology, and robotics.

Of these technologies, the Global Supply Chain Institute thinks that Robotics will be the greatest potential disrupter over the next five years.

The Institute stated that robots have been around for more than 50 years, but they have become dramatically more dynamic in the last five. They are no longer stationary, blind, expensive, and unintelligent, but can work alongside people and learn as jobs change.

The MLH article said that Drones might not be ready for their anticipated role in last-mile delivery of consumer goods, but are close to helping with less technically challenging tasks such as tracking warehouse inventories or managing trailer yard security.

Wearables like smart glasses will likewise find application in the warehouse, helping workers sort, pack and inventory items, as well as, identifying safety hazards or the shortest path to their next pick.

Driverless Vehicles have already been tested and approved in seven states and will substantially affect transportation costs once they can be caravanned or reach a port-to-port automation point.

Considered the least viable in the short term, 3-D Printing is identified as having the potential to eliminate the supply chain completely if costs can be reduced and usable materials expanded.

The MLH study notes that these physical technologies are inextricably linked to digital innovations like big data and the Internet of Things. Real breakthroughs will require a seamless link among the physical devices and their digital and software interfaces.

To see the article posted at the Material Handling & Logistics website, click on this webpage.

Sustainable Procurement

Jun 1, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Sustainable Procurement

ISO 20400:2017, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, provides guidance to organizations, independent of their activity or size, on integrating sustainability within procurement, as described in ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on social responsibility. It is intended for stakeholders involved in, or impacted by, procurement decisions and processes
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Procurement is a powerful instrument for organizations wishing to behave in a responsible way and contribute to sustainable development. By integrating sustainability in procurement policies and practices, including supply chains, organizations can manage risks (including opportunities) for sustainable environmental, social, and economic development.

Sustainable procurement represents an opportunity to provide more value to the organization by improving productivity; assessing value and performance; enabling communication between purchasers, suppliers, and all stakeholders; and by encouraging innovation.

The implementation of this standard considers the unique context and characteristics of each organization, scaling the application of the concepts to suit the size of the organization. The adoption of ISO 20400 by large organizations promotes opportunities for small and medium-sized organizations in their supply chains.

Understanding the fundamentals

Clause 4 provides an overview of sustainable procurement. It describes the principles and core subjects of sustainable procurement and examines why organizations undertake sustainable procurement. Important consideration is given to managing risks (including opportunities), addressing adverse sustainability impacts through due diligence, setting priorities, exercising positive influence, and avoiding complicity.

Integrating sustainability into the organization’s procurement policy and strategy

Clause 5 provides guidance on how sustainability considerations are integrated at a strategic level within the procurement practices of an organization, to ensure that the intention, direction, and key sustainability priorities of the organization are achieved. It is intended to assist top management in defining a sustainable procurement policy and strategy.

Organizing the procurement function towards sustainability

Clause 6 describes the organizational conditions and management techniques needed to successfully implement and continually improve sustainable procurement. The organization ensures that such conditions and practices are in place to assist individuals (with responsibility for the procurement of goods or services) to integrate sustainability considerations into the procurement process.

Integrating sustainability into the procurement process

Clause 7 addresses the procurement process and is intended for individuals who are responsible for the actual procurement within their organization. It is also of interest to those in associated functions, as it describes how sustainability considerations are integrated into existing procurement processes.

The 52-page ISO 20400:2017 standard can be ordered at this ISO web page for about $178.

New MDR and IVDR Regulations

Jun 1, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on New MDR and IVDR Regulations

The new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The transition period for manufacturers selling medical devices into Europe began on May 25, 2017.

Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) – 2017/745

The MDR, which replaces the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) and Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC), has a transition period of three years. Manufacturers have until May 2020 to update their technical documentation and processes to meet the new requirements.

You can read more about the MDR at this BSI web page. You can view the BSI webinar slides on MDR at this web page.

In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) – 2017/746

The IVDR, which replaces IVD Directive (98/79/EC), has a transition period of five years. Manufacturers have until May 2022 to update their technical documentation and processes to meet the new requirements.

You can read more about the IVDR at this BSI web page. The IVDR webinar slides are at this BSI web page.

You can read the EU Commission press release on MDR and IVDR at this web page.

Gap Analysis Checklists

Jun 1, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Gap Analysis Checklists

Larry Whittington has developed ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 checklists for the purpose of conducting a gap analysis of your current system against the new and changed requirements of the new standards.

ISO 9001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist

The 27 page ISO 9001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist contains 313 questions for organizations new to ISO 9001, and 119 delta questions for ISO 9001:2008 certified organizations.

To read a description of the ISO 9001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist, and see a sample page, go to this web page. You can buy the checklist for $95.

ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist

The 17 page ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist contains 213 questions for organizations new to ISO 14001, and 96 delta questions for ISO 14001:2004 certified organizations.

To read a description of the ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist, and see a sample page, go to this web page. You can buy the checklist for $95.

Payment

When you click the Buy Now button at the checklist description, you will be taken to PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to make a credit card purchase. After payment, you will be directed to a checklist download page. The file is supplied in Word format for ease of editing.