Someone commented on LinkedIn that the number of ISO 9001 certificates being issued was declining. I thought I would research the trends and determine the facts for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 – the results were interesting. The following data was taken from the ISO Organisations own website. Read more…
A short post to clarify the difference between conformance and compliance – words which are often interchanged, but should they be? Here’s just a few lines to explain the difference between them and also why they tend to become confused.
Since 1992 I’ve been audited to a range of standards including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 4801, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 17025 (sometimes for management systems I developed and sometimes for systems that were thrust upon me). I have conducted factory audits for product marking schemes, certification audits, internal audits and 2nd party audits and over the years I’ve learnt some techniques which I thought may assist you.
I believe there are two alternate approaches to audit management. Both have merit, but the one you choose is dependent on your situation. The ‘lock-down’ approach tends to be adopted where persons are uncomfortable with the audit situation or where the management systems is immature, while the open approach is synonymous with optimising. Read on to find out which approach you should take. Read article