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Handling of Incorrect Data During Auditing

In our latest dilemma, find out what to do when a company appears to have supplied duplicate testing images in order to meet the delivery requirement. Dilemma A customer quality engineer is conducting a release inspection at a manufacturer of high-pressure ball valves. The valves are for a pipeline project in northern Alaska. The contract requires full radiographic non-destructive testing of the welds for the flange ends of four valves. The engineer asks …

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Moving Towards Digitization for Construction Sector

Ian Mills and Mike Buss speak to Alicia Dimas about how new technologies are changing the construction industry and helping quality managers to better perform their jobs. Digital technologies can generate value for the construction industry. The application of these new technologies can improve productivity, reduce risks and increase quality in the construction sector. “When …

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Criteria of Integrated Management Systems Audit

Sponsored article: Alan Grogan, CQP MCQI, shares his six-step model to managing the requirements of auditing integrated management systems. I don’t know about you, but when I have to manage an internal audit system I always have the same concerns: How do I stop losing auditors? How do I convince the departments that I need their …

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Towards Process Automation in Digital Era

Richard Seddon, Managing Partner at Process Management International (PMI), UK, explains why quality professionals need to embrace process automation tools in this digitally-advanced era. We all know that widespread process automation is upon us. However, no longer is automation the preserve of the big one-off IT project with defined governance, controls and standards. Recent enhancements …

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Maintaining Quality Standards During The Covid 19 Pandemic

Youmna Abboud, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Associate at Zimmer Biomet, Middle East, explains why internal audits are required during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses around the world have been disturbed and had to revise their yearly plans, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The healthcare industry, in particular, witnessed a shift in its priorities, mostly by …

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How Does Internal Auditor Maintain Its Independence

Andy Nichols, CQP MCQI, Program Manager at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, US, explains how internal auditors can achieve the independence requirements of ISO 9001.  One of the most frequently misunderstood and debated requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 requirements for Internal Audits (9.2.2) is the idea that auditors are ‘independent’ of the work being audited. It’s …

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Understanding ISO 9001 Risk Based Thinking

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have put together an Auditing Practices Group Guidance on: Risk Based Thinking. Read how ISO 9001 – Quality management can address risk planning in your organisation Risk has been always implicit and addressed in ISO 9001. Many of its requirements, are aimed to …

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Improve Supply Chain Productivity Through Digitalization

It has been advocated that ‘supply chains compete, not individual firms’ for over 30 years, but this often fails to be the case in practice. Jan Godsell, Professor at the University of Warwick, asks why this is so difficult to achieve, and why advances are on the horizon Supply chain productivity is important because it is …

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