03 Jan 2019

Do you face any of these symptoms with your TSMS: It does not add any benefit to the work you do You spend more time filling out paperwork than doing the actual work It does not reflect your work – the way you do it If you answered YES to any of the above, then read ahead to see how QMII can assist you in simplifying your system to one that works for the inspector …. and YO...

30 Dec 2018

What Makes A System Work And Successfully Meet Objectives, Expectations And Requirements? Successful companies have visionary leadership, are able to understand the changing context of their businesses, look ahead and adapt. The 20th and 21st century has been fertile with innovation. Many history-defining breakthrough inventions have been developed. Innovation is growing at a pace never...

14 Dec 2018

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The number of vineyards in the United States, and abroad, have grown substantially over the last 20 years.  New technology and controlled stainless steel fermentation processes have improved the product of even relatively small vineyards.  Many of the best vineyards are also focusing on their environmental impacts to ensure sustainability.  They are finding that taking a hard look at som...

07 Nov 2018

ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 provide the framework for management systems to function using a process-based approach, to achieve customer and other stakeholder’s requirements. Organizations, certified to ISO standards, strive to be compliant, efficient and remain certified. Successful systems have Top Management (TM) / Leadership that are committed to and engag...

31 Aug 2018

In the past year there has been a lot of activity in the development and revision of ISO standards. Highlighted below are a few key updates: ISO 41001 – Facility Management This new standard applies the concept of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to the discipline of Facilities Management. This standard provides the requirements for a facility management system where an organization nee...

05 Jun 2018

The only bad nonconformity it the one we do not know about. Understanding this fact is the key for leaders and their managers being careful not to create a culture that hides nonconformity. Even so it is common for managers to demand no mistakes and to react badly to errors. Leading organizations provide employees with management systems that help them to understand and fulfill the...

01 May 2018

The International Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is encouraging Internal Auditors around the world to actively promote internal auditing’s value during Internal Audit Awareness Month .   IIA is recognizing Internal Auditing. QMII has over 30 plus years propagated the importance of internal auditing and the need to have competent internal auditors. Any tragedy can be c...

17 Nov 2017

Ensuring that the system positively contributes to the organization’s bottom line is important. With the cutoff date of Sept. 15, 2018, looming for transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, there will be organizations chasing certificates. However, certificates can’t improve the system, guarantee better products, or render better service. The fundamental changes to the ISO st...

08 May 2017

Certifications often drive the implementation of a system approach, based on ISO standards. The primary implementation demand is for ISO 9001. Certifications do have initial costs and then recurring costs for surveillance and re-certification visits. This is a responsive approach to business requirements, invariably driven by a forthcoming contract that mandates the system approach. P...

27 Mar 2017

Not really, but it does require a new way of planning. Risk-based thinking can be considered the fundamental change in ISO 9001:2015. Compared to ISO 9001:2008, where preventive action (PA) held a spot in the “act” phase of the plan, do, check, act (PDCA) cycle, risk now appears in the “plan” phase and at each stage thereafter. This change formalizes an idea that has been around since...