ISO 9001 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR CURRENT QMS
ISO 9001 SUMMARIZED INTO A SINGLE REQUIREMENT
The main clauses, with their requirements, are not based on wishlist/ theoretical applications, but reflect sound business principles that are often already addressed to a degree in any successful organization.
David Hoyle ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems Handbook
BENEFITS OF ISO 9001
Implementing ISO 9001 is not just about addressing all the ISO clauses but a well-managed system which will significantly contribute to:
There are numerous reasons why the ISO 9001 quality management principles are implemented in more than 170 countries worldwide and why clients often require an organization to be certified as meeting the ISO 9001 requirements. It is not a one size fits all solution.
ISO 9001 does not prescribe how specific tasks must be performed (affording each organization the opportunity to establish their own ideal operating conditions) but states principles and criteria that must be addressed in order to provide a consistent service or product. ISO 9001 consist of seven main clauses with several sub clauses.
Effective Quality Solutions focus is to provide simplified, user-friendly quality management systems (QMS). This is based on the philosophy that “you don’t change your business to accommodate ISO requirements, but rather integrate ISO 9001 into your current business model”.
In doing so, the standard’s requirements enhances your business model and shifts your company’s focus to quality and effectiveness.
The organization must define their scope of business; identify interested parties and issues impacting the business. Then establish the core business processes and operational risks that must be managed.
Document the controls and steps that must be followed by the organization’s staff to ensure consistent product/service delivery.
The documented QMS must be implemented in the work place and internal audits performed to confirm that the QMS is effectively implemented and entrenched.
Demonstrate to an accredited independent external certification body that your QMS is entrenched, functioning effectively and meeting the ISO 9001 requirements.
Maintain and improve your QMS on an ongoing basis.