01 Apr 2020

Benefits for Maritime Companies Environmental accidents in the maritime industry get quick media attention. ISO 14001 does not guarantee that maritime accidents will not happen. It does, however, get organizations to consider their operations from a lifecycle perspective of minimizing the impact of their operations on the environment. The maritime industry has for a while now been ...

01 Apr 2020

Guidelines vs. Requirements – Providing Clarity ISO 9001 Lead Auditor training should enable auditors to focus on the requirements when auditing and to stay away from the pitfall of guidelines. Take the case of ISO 9001 or for that matter any standard. The standard has notes to explain the clauses. Clause 4.1 of ISO 9001 e.g. has 3 notes.  Are these notes integral to the clause? Yes a...

01 Apr 2020

Why do management systems fail?   During a recent discussion with a friend and client the topic was raised on why AS9110 quality management systems fail? What are the pain points that organizations face from a system perspective? While there may be many pain points for AS9110 management system failures, the reason why AS9110 and ISO 9001 may often seem a burden and pain to ...

01 Apr 2020

Eight steps for a successful ISO 9001/ ISO 45001/AS9100 audit ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS9100 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 (ISO 9001/ ISO 45001/AS9100), strive to be compliant, efficient and rem...

01 Apr 2020

Quality Management Systems (QMS) are today extensively a part of an organization. If the TM (top management) is committed, it uses the ISO 9001 based management system to meet customer requirements, ensure customer focus and provide desired outputs. Where the TM/ leadership is immature, they often may implement a quality management system to get the ISO 9001 certification. This decision ...

01 Apr 2020

Almost everyone would like to receive a quality product or service. Quality Management Systems enable organizations to do just this but strangely enough do not guarantee it. Often the definition of quality varies; the needs of the customer and/or the product/service promised, get lost in translation. Communication plays a vital role in any relationship including in the business and custo...

25 Mar 2020

ISO 9001 certification decline graph
ISO 9001 certification have seen a decline in the past two years per data from ISO. Some say that the standard has gotten too complicated with the introduction of organizational context, risk-based thinking and the removal of mandatory documented procedures. Even a few of QMII’s clients had considered letting their certification lapse as conformity to the new standard was perceived as to...

24 Mar 2020

iso 45001 transition - worker on construction site
Organizations currently certified to BS OHSAS 18001 have until March 21, 2021 for their ISO 45001 transition. Those who are currently implementing management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001 will notice some similarities and some differences. Those who are certified to other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 will notice the similarities in the standard owing the use of the High-Level Str...

18 Feb 2020

Every organization needs to consider the aspects of their organization, and the impacts they have on the planet.  Understanding the impacts is critical to the sustainability of the organization, and in the long run, the planet. Most organizations only consider the impacts of their processes in relation to waste created and materials used.  While these are important, an organization sh...

11 Feb 2020

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor training introduces students to the ISO 14001 standard and its interpretation as well as the skills needed to assess the effectiveness of the environmental management system. ISO 14001 in its 2015 revision introduces the lifecycle perspective. In essence, the standard asks organizations to use a lifecycle perspective when designing/manufacturing their products/serv...