ISO 9001 Certifications

  The International Standards Organization just released the results for the annual ISO Survey with data for 2019.  It compiles the number of valid certificates for the 12 ISO management standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, etc.) submitted by Certification Bodies accredited by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Below are the totals for ISO 9001 and…

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    Attention all ISO 9001 certified companies and users – your feedback is requested!  ISO 9001:2015 is being reviewed by ISO/TC 176/SC2 (the ISO Subcommittee for Quality Systems). An online survey was created to obtain input regarding the standard and whether it is good as written or if it could be improved. The ISO…

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Saying about quality

One of the world’s leading certification bodies, DNV GL Business Assurance, NA shared their top 10 ISO 9001 findings of 2019.  Review these nonconformances to see if there are any weaknesses in your quality processes.  (Note:  ISO 9001 Findings and their rankings may vary slightly among Certification Bodies.) 8.5.1  Control of production and service provision…

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The last of our Automotive Restart series looks at the biggest challenge – Employee Safety and how an organization plans for implementing a work environment that will minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Making the safety and health of your employees a priority will ensure that you have the skilled workforce needed to help…

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Contingency planning is the topic of Part 4 of the Automotive Restart series.  As evidenced when the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it’s critical to plan for unforeseen problems or circumstances.  The IATF 16949 defined tool to prepare for those issues, emergencies and disasters is the use of a contingency plan.  The…

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On the road to recovery changes will occur, and Part 3 of the five-part series considers the ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements and managing changes. As mentioned in Part 2 of this series – Customer Satisfaction, disruptions due to the pandemic and affecting restart could include: Supply chain disruptions and limited allocations from the…

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Part 2 of simpleQuE’s five-part series focuses on customer satisfaction and the IATF 16949 requirements during the automotive restart process. One can envision the disruptions that may be present during this automotive restart activity.  In Part 1 Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949, we included some of those disruptions of the 4 M’s (Materials, Methods, Manpower…

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Part 1 of our series focuses on automotive restart and the importance of remaining compliant to IATF 16949.  We begin with the 4 M’s of your processes and consider the IATF 16949 requirements during this restart process. Materials:  The conventional wisdom indicates that supply chain disruptions will be evident during this restart activity (a few…

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This April simpleQuE celebrates 15 years of ISO consulting, auditing and training! And we’re proud to have assisted more than 1000 organizations in implementing and maintaining their quality and environmental management systems.  Jim Lee founded simpleQuE with the mission of providing simple, effective solutions that were customized to a company’s culture and business complexity. “We…

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SimpleQuE’s infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949 minor nonconformances as reported by all IATF Certification Bodies from January – October 2019. A majority of the minor nonconformances fall under the Operations section with clauses 8.5.1 Control of Production and Service Provision and 8.5.1.1 Control Plan in the top three.  Here is a summary of…

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