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Making Management Reviews Beneficial - Are We There Yet?

9/28/2018 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
If you are registered to ISO 9001:2015 or one of the quality management requirements built on the international standard, like IATF 16949 or AS9100D, your management must comply with the requirements of the “Management Review” clause 9.3. When complying with this requirement, commonly asked questions include how often and when to do the review.


Not All Food Failures Are Hazardous, but All Are Costly

8/10/2018 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
Everything we do as manufacturers, and food processors, can be described as a process.  FMEAs help identify what can go wrong within a process as you create, make or assemble your product. Although this is often associated with a manufacturing process, it can be applied to any process (which involves inputs being turned into outputs). FMEAs are used to analyze possible failures or risks, along with the potential severity, chance of occurrence and detection rate of each risk.


Internal Audits Made Easy – And Practical

8/3/2018 - BY: DALE WICKER
If your company is registered to one of the ISO Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO 13485, IATF 16949), then you are required to perform internal audits at planned intervals to verify the conformance of your system.


The Power of Policy Deployment for Your Business

7/27/2018 - BY: MIGUEL GOMEZ
What is the vision that drives your company? Why do you operate each day? What do you hope to achieve? Do your employees have the same goals? Many organizations find that their larger company visions can be forgotten in day-to-day firefighting. This is detrimental to success as workers at every level are left unaware of what they should be doing or how their work contributes to larger business goals.


What Does a Food Safety Plan Really Consist Of?

6/22/2018 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
In 2011 President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, bringing about the most sweeping changes the food safety industry has seen in 70 years. This introduced the Food Safety Plan (FSP), which is the primary document that guides your Preventive Controls Food Safety System.


How Football Can Help with Auditing a Process-Based QMS

6/1/2018 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
An important requirement of ISO 9001 (and its “cousins,” AS9100 and IATF 16949) deals with internal quality management audits. One purpose of this internal audit program is to look at the processes within the quality management system. Common questions that internal auditors raise during this practice include, “How do I audit a process?” and “Which processes should I start with?”


Achieving Competency in Quality - Manufacturing's Got Talent!

2/2/2018 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Competency is all around us. It pervades our lives. We see competency on television, for example, in “America’s Got Talent.” Talented people, regardless of their age, gender or social background, performing all manner of stage acts that wow the show’s judges and viewers. We often ask ourselves, “How did they do that?”


Quality Manuals – QMS “Quick-start” Guide?

11/3/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
One of the first things that comes to mind when describing Quality Management Systems and “ISO 9000” is documentation, which often includes a Quality Manual. The background to Quality Management Systems started with big procurement organizations such as government agencies and Fortune 500 companies making Quality Systems a contractual requirement.


10 Things to Ask Your Certification Body Auditor – Before Your ISO 9001:2015 Audit

9/29/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
The latest version of ISO 9001 was published in September of 2015 and is considered to be a significant departure from the previous version. 


One Year to Go...

9/15/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
​If your organization is certified to ISO 9001:2008 (or ISO/TS 16949 or AS9100C) you have approximately 365 days left to upgrade your Quality Management System (QMS) and have your Registrar audit it. In fact, you should aim to be done and have your certificate in hand by the end of August 2018 at the latest.


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