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Preparing for Your ISO Certification Audit – Tips From the Experts

February 7, 2024

Tips From SimpleQuE’s Experts on Preparing for Your ISO Certification Audit The consultants and auditors at simpleQuE have performed thousands of audits (including 2nd and 3rd party) and have prepared companies across a broad spectrum of industries for successful ISO, AS (aerospace) and IATF (automotive) certifications. This article consolidates the collective knowledge and practical tips…

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What You Need to Know About ISO 9001 Internal Audits When Implementing your QMS

August 22, 2023

  What You Need to Know About ISO 9001 Internal Audits (Part 4) In Part 4 of the series:  ISO 9001 Implementation – What You Need to Know, Jim Lee, simpleQuE’s CEO focuses on ISO 9001 internal audits.  During his career, Jim has conducted many internal audits for companies in a variety of industries, as…

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National Simplicity Day and the SimpleQuE Way

July 12, 2023

National Simplicity Day is celebrated on July 12 to honor the birthday of Henry David Thoreau. He was an author and philosopher who believed that simplifying our lives could reduce stress, increase productivity and lead to more fulfilling lives. Simplicity is the art of making things easier.  And that is what we strive to do…

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Reference Guide of Audit Terms and Definitions to Know for Any QMS Audit

March 24, 2023

Quality Management Audit Terms and Definitions Take the confusion out of audit terms and verbiage when preparing for your internal audit or external quality management system audit.  Review this helpful and comprehensive list of common audit terminology with definitions. LIST OF AUDIT TERMS AND TYPES OF AUDITS What is an Audit? An audit is a…

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Ten Questions to Consider When Preparing for IATF 16949® Recertification

February 1, 2023

Preparing for your organization’s IATF 16949® recertification  In addition to being a transformational year for the automotive industry and its supply base, 2023 may also be an IATF 16949® recertification year for many companies.  The IATF 16949® standard has a three-year certification cycle with a recertification audit at the beginning of a new cycle.  A…

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Preparing for Your ISO Recertification Audit and 8 Questions to Consider

February 1, 2023

Preparing for the Recertification Process Three-year recertification cycles are approaching for many companies that are certified to the ISO quality management system (QMS) standards. A question we are often asked is, “How should we prepare for recertification?” Realistically, for companies with a mature and effective QMS, it shouldn’t matter whether a surveillance audit or recertification…

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How Will AS9104/1A Affect Companies That Are AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certified?

November 14, 2022

How AS9104/1A and Supplemental Rule 004 (SR004) Affect AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certified Companies Recent changes affecting AS certified organizations are implemented through AS9104/1A (also referred to as AS9104-1:2022) which was released on January 7, 2022. (The previous version of the standard was published in 2012.) “Requirements for Certification of Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality…

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Maintaining Your QMS and ISO Certification

May 13, 2022

Achieved ISO 9001 Certification, Now What? Now that you have achieved ISO 9001 certification, you must maintain your Quality Management System (QMS) and make improvements. It is more important now, that the QMS doesn’t fall apart. Internal ownership by the process owners must be maintained, and buy-in needs to continue past the initial certification audit.…

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33 Questions for Auditing – Utilizing a Process Approach

February 18, 2022

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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Preparing for Your Internal Audit – Points to Consider to Minimize Risk

February 2, 2022

The beginning of each new year is a good time to take a look at your internal audit process and how well you are monitoring your company’s performance. Do you have a robust audit process? Here are some points to consider to minimize your risk. To prepare for your internal audits, do your auditors have…

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