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At simpleQuE, we strive to keep our customers and partners informed by providing articles in our weekly blog designed to help answer your questions. Keep up on the latest industry and quality insights by reading our newsletters and following us on social media. We’ve also created useful tools and templates to share.

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ISO 9001 Certifications

Which Countries Have the Most ISO 9001 Certifications?

September 24, 2020

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

September 21, 2020

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 Latest IATF 16949® Automotive Supplier Updates From IATF®, AIAG and OEMs

September 11, 2020

As many changes are occurring in the automotive quality industry, especially due to the effects of COVID-19, we’ve summarized the latest updates from IATF®, AIAG and OEMs that will impact IATF 16949® certified automotive suppliers. Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Updates: To support automotive suppliers during the COVID-19 operational recovery, AIAG is extending free access…

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Client Referral Incentive – Receive a Discount on Services!

September 8, 2020

For our valued clients we’re offering a Client Referral Incentive for sending new business our way.  Do you have a sister company, or suppliers, or do you know of a company that could use simpleQuE’s services?  For every company you refer, when they become our customer for new consulting, auditing or training services, you will…

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What You Should Know When Preparing for IATF 16949® Certification

August 20, 2020

SimpleQuE’s automotive quality experts have put together some helpful information and steps to take when preparing for IATF 16949® certification. What is the background of IATF 16949®? IATF 16949®  is the international standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems (QMS).  IATF 16949® was created by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) in 1999 to provide a single,…

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Attention All ISO 9001 Users – ISO Wants Your Feedback

August 14, 2020

    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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IATF 16949® Auditing Videos on YouTube to Answer Your Questions

August 12, 2020

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

How much money, time and resources are going into your internal audits?

August 4, 2020

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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Top 10 ISO 9001 Findings

July 28, 2020

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 QMS and quality processes.  (Note:  ISO 9001 Findings and their rankings may vary slightly among Certification Bodies.) 8.5.1  Control of production and…

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Tips for Preparing for Your Remote Internal Audit

July 15, 2020

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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