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Top Blog Posts From 2018

20 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 aerospace professionals, our Guide To The AS9100 Standard is a must-read. Working in conjunction with the industry-nonspecific ISO 9001 standard, AS9100 adds aerospace industry requirements to an organization’s quality management system. AS9100, which is compiled by the International Aerospace Quality Group — or IAQG — aims to improve performance indicators such as cost, quality and delivery associated with an aerospace organization’s supply chain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In A Guide To IATF 16949, the technical standard once referred to as ISO/TS 16949 is outlined. Aimed at helping companies in the auto industry improve their quality management systems, the guide explains how factors including defect prevention, customer satisfaction, process efficiency, continuous improvement and supply chain optimization play key roles in IATF 16949. This is a standard designed to bridge the gap between the generalized nature of ISO 9001 and the specific needs of the auto industry.

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.

One proven way of ensuring organizations have what it takes to respond to the ongoing challenges and changes in their respective business sectors is to encourage a system that supports their organizational knowledge. In ISO 9001:2015 And Effective Organizational Knowledge, technical content executive Andrew Holt looks at how organizational knowledge helps fulfill the newly established requirements of ISO 9001:2015.

As the new standard for workplace safety, ISO 45001 replaces OHSAS 18001. In An Overview Of ISO 45001, organizations can find out what they need to do to successfully migrate from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001. The blog includes industry-specific insights into the oil and gas, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.

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