In Part 2 of our series on common nonconformances, we take a closer look at those findings that are specific to ISO 14001 and Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The ISO 14001:2015 standard provides a framework to manage the immediate and long-tern environmental impacts of an organizations’ products, services and processes.  Certification Body, SAI Global recently…

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Chart of top nonconformances

This chart is a comparison of the areas where Major and Minor nonconformances have been written over the last few years during Certification Body audits across 5 of the main standards – ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, AS9100, and IATF 16949.  Nonconformities can occur when: A system does not conform with the intended requirement…

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Don't forget to schedule your internal audit

  You’ve  probably got a lot on your mind these days…but don’t forget to schedule your internal audit, if you haven’t already done so. Fourth quarter is upon us and simpleQuE has experienced environmental and quality management auditors who can conduct your audit on site or remotely. Outsourcing your internal audits, can reduce the pressure…

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simpleQuE a Top ISO, IATF, AS Certified Consulting Company

To answer your questions on automotive quality management system auditing, The International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have created a YouTube channel that covers important topics from the IATF 16949 standard and rules.  Categories are divided by topics and each has a video that is usually less than…

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Cost of quality of internal audits

Developing resources to conduct internal audits of your quality management system is an investment of time and dollars.  Acquiring and even retaining the necessary and often specialized capabilities internally can pose quite a challenge, especially in these times.  It is important to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to understand the expected Return on Investment (ROI) of…

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Using technology for remote audits

SimpleQuE auditors have been conducting remote internal audits for several months now and we’ve put together some tips for preparing for this new type of virtual quality management system (QMS) audit.  With health and safety concerns adding new challenges due to COVID-19, conducting on-site internal audits isn’t always possible, so remote audits offer a viable…

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Business consulting and auditing

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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UPDATE October 30, 2020: Revision 5 of IATF Global Waivers and Measures includes a new section “IATF 16949 Monitoring”, which introduces a process to enable Certification Bodies to remotely monitor the status of a client’s certified Quality Management System. UPDATE October 30, 2020:  IATF Global Waivers and Measures has been revised.  The revision grants an…

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