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Top Blog Posts From 2018

21 December 2018
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In case you missed any, here’s a recap of some of our top blogs.

The Best Of 2018

Interested Parties: How To Define And Manage Them describes the practice of good-stakeholder management — also referred to as an interested party — so businesses meet the mandatory organizational requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001. Examples of interested parties and their relationships to a business are listed according to specific ISO standards.

For companies that want to show their organization has what it takes to protect their data and IT network from threats and risks, Your Complete Guide To The ISO 27001 Standard is a must-read. With the ISO 27001 standard comes the best-known certification for a robust information security management system — or ISMS.

In Creating An Aspect And Impact Register, NQA lead auditor Karen Whitby explains a key component of an ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System. With definitions and issues relating to compliance clearly supplied, it’s a blog well worth the read for organizations looking to improve their sustainability and environmental efficiency.

With the recently instated General Data Protection Regulation — or GDPR — in the European Union and the continually changing personal data landscape worldwide, we take a look at a pivotal moment in ISO 27001 certification in Does ISO 27001 Cover The Requirements Of GDPR? If your organization does any business with residents of Europe, the answer is one you won’t want to miss.

For an in-depth look at how ISO 45001 succeeds OHSAS 18001, you’ll want to review our OHSAS 18001 To ISO 45001 Gap Guide. With a downloadable clause-by-clause comparison, this blog post provides everything from transitional timelines to guidance notes for new requirements. Plus, you can sign up for ISO 45001 updates, along with our informative newsletter, InTouch.

With valuable links to further reading on process audits and answers to a host of timely questions on ISO 9001:2015, NQA assessor Kevin Gunn’s insights and expertise are on clear display in Q&A From The Recent ISO 9001:2015 Webinar. From professionals who are just starting to familiarize themselves with ISO standards to trained and experienced auditors, there’s useful information here for all readers.

Do you want to meet the requirements and deadlines involved in implementing a quality management system — or QMS — in an internal audit to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification? Then Preparing For ISO 9001:2015 Using Your QMS  Part 5: Internal Audits can help make the entire process clearer. With this new approach to internal audits, continuous improvement and risk management go far beyond compliance issues and become strategic avenues to a better-managed business.

As an introduction to ISO 14031, the article Measure Environmental Performance spells out the relationship among key performance indicators, effective leadership and SMART objectives for organizations that aim to achieve better environmental performance. With working examples, data analyses and solutions provided, it’s a practical read that offers valuable guidance.

If you’re looking to improve a process within your organization and don’t know what a turtle diagram is, then you’re best advised to check out How Important Are Turtle Diagrams For An Organization? In this blog, regional assessor Martin Little shares his insights into how this versatile visual tool can help organizations of all sizes attain tangible process improvement.

Process-based auditing is a requirement of ISO management system standards. Nevertheless, businesses face many challenges when they try to implement this form of auditing correctly. That’s why you want to take a moment and read How To Process Audit Effectively, where we offer six powerful techniques to help you deliver internal audits that are truly beneficial to your organization.

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