33 Questions for Auditing – Utilizing a Process Approach

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ISO 9001 Process Approach Auditing These questions for auditing utilize a process approach. Whether facing a surveillance audit from a certification body or preparing for an internal quality audit – knowing what you face and being prepared puts you a step ahead.  Process-based audits are tools companies can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their…

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7 Lessons Businesses Can Learn From Watching Football

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Watching the big game? As we approach Superbowl Sunday, here are a few takeaways that apply to any business. You’re only as strong as your weakest link Football is a team sport, and so is business. A weak link in the supply chain can be detrimental to a business that fails to assess supply chain…

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Top Industries for ISO Certification

Top industries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.

This simpleQuE infographic illustrates the top industries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification worldwide. Organizations that achieve ISO certification gain a competitive advantage that also allows them opportunities to earn the business of companies that require it of their vendors. It shows they have documented and implemented effective quality and environmental management systems that…

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IATF 16949® & Internal Auditing: What You Need To Know

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Guide to Performing an Effective and Compliant IATF 16949® Internal Audit Introduction to IATF 16949® Internal Audits One of the most critical and valuable activities performed within an IATF 16949® quality management system (QMS) is your company’s internal audit events.  A well-planned, conducted, and reported internal audit will allow the QMS to continually improve.  An effective…

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ISO 9001:2015 & Internal Auditing: What You Need To Know

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Guide to Performing Effective ISO 9001 Internal Audits Introduction One of the most critical and valuable activities performed within an ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) is your company’s internal audit program.  A well-planned, conducted and reported internal audit will allow the QMS to continually improve.  An effective internal audit process will also provide evidence…

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Quality Management Dos and Don’ts – Don’t be Guilty of Being in the Red

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When it comes to Quality Management dos and don’ts, simpleQuE’s quality experts provide some tips for staying out of the red and keeping ISO 9001 systems robust and sustainable. 1. Meet Customer Requirements Surprisingly, some companies seek ISO 9001 certification just to satisfy one customer requirement. When a customer will only do business with vendors…

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The Advantages of Outsourcing Internal Quality Audits

If your organization is certified to ISO 9001 or a standard that is aligned with it, like AS9100 or IATF 16949®, and you perform internal quality audits, then you should know this: For ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016, one of the top 10 clauses for registrar findings in 2019 was 9.2 Internal Audit. The IATF® standard…

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Interaction of Process Maps – The Process Approach

By Jim Lee, President simpleQuE The interaction of process maps – Understanding the process approach Understanding the interaction of process maps is key to the Process Approach.  Companies typically have some type of flow diagram or map showing their interaction of processes. This is the most common method to demonstrate compliance with the process requirements…

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What is the Return On Investment of a Quality Management System?

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What is the Return On Investment of a Quality Management System? Your company could have many motivations behind implementing a quality management system (QMS) such as ISO 9001. However, making the decision to invest in a QMS always comes down to potential for profit, and an organization’s quality performance absolutely affects the bottom line. That’s…

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