01 Apr 2020

Five AS9100 Myths Busted!   AS9100 provides the framework for companies seeking to implement an Aerospace Quality Management System (AQMS). AS9100 is intended for manufacturing companies while AS9110 is intended for those organizations that conduct aviation/aerospace maintenance.   Myth: AS9100 certification means implementing a new system and changing the way we wo...

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

Risk-Based Thinking in the Airline industry – It’s about time.   The airline industry statistically has one of the best safest records. AS9100 defines the framework for a quality management system for aerospace parts manufacturers across the globe. Over the past decade there have been several airline accidents however, that have brought the safety of airlines to the forefront....

01 Apr 2020

Don’t Throw the Baby with the Bath Water! Be it ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 (The Quality and or Environmental Management System) standards or for that matter any of the updated standards in the HLS (High Level Structure), there are some things which were the practice all these years perhaps 3 decades or more, which suddenly find no mention in the standard! What happened to the backbone of p...

01 Apr 2020

ISO 14001 remote audits – Pros and Cons ISO 14001 lead auditors globally are faced with a new challenge. Auditing of their systems when virtually the globe is in lockdown owing the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, ISO 19011 in its 2011 revision allowed remote audits and even gave a table that outlines the considerations for virtual (remote audits). ISO 14001 lead auditors conducting inter...