ISO 9001 International Standard Organization Articles
ISO was created by the International Standard Organization to allow external verification that a quality system produces consistent and continuously improving quality product. This standard is required in many European countries and is very critical in safely related markets like mining, oil/gas, and hazardous materials handling. This set of articles is here to help companies understand ISO before they start a large implementation project.
Many times, quality is not the main driver behind the requirement for ISO 9001:2008 certification. To often, the requirement for ISO is driven by marketing and the need to sell products into a specific market (like the EU). In these cases, management may or may not be "dedicated to the quality program". They may not commit the proper resources to develop a truly effective quality system that really drives up the quality of the companies' services and products. Unfortunately, a misguided implementation may result in a burdensome quality system that frustrates everyone, increase the cost of manufacturing, and starts a downward resource spiral.
The information on this site is for both "dedicated" and "undedicated " implementations. In fact, the information on this site is especially critical for undedicated implementations because you must have great systems to operate with substandard resources. Quality managers may also want to use the articles in this group to start a discussion with top management about their level of dedication to the ISO 9001 quality system.
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The Basics of ISO 9001:2008 Gap Analysis Gap Analysis is part of most early ISO implementation evaluations.
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