Boosting manufacturing recovery with LPAs

At EASE Inc, Chief Executive Eric Stoop says that layered process audits hold the key to greater product quality and a faster manufacturing recovery. As UK manufacturing continues its recovery from the pandemic’s impact, its factory production growth is simultaneously being slowed by Brexit-hit supply chain disruption. Between Brexit and Covid-19, movement across borders has slowed. It’s clear that factories need to boost efficiency and productivity – and increasing…

Is Cybersecurity the next Big thing for Quality Professionals?

Andrew Nichols, Quality Programme Manager at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, argues that data breaches can be disastrous for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It’s time for quality managers to look at how their management systems can help protect their business.  Cybersecurity breaches often make the news headlines, especially as large organisations tend to be the main victims – BA, Equifax, Marriott and NHS patient data have all been subject to…

Upgrading Standards for the Global Moving Business.

Due to the impact of the global pandemic and ever-increasing scrutiny of the environmental practices of relocation businesses, the industry is gearing up for an important update to its quality standard. FIDI Global Alliance is an association for quality-certified international moving and relocation businesses, specialising in moves from one country to another. Working with a FIDI-affiliated company is a pre-requisite for many HR and mobility teams in large…

Improving Effectiveness through Evidence-based Decision-making.

Ravindiran Gurusamy, IRCA Certificated Associate Auditor, offers an overview of how evidence-based decision-making can play a vital role in quality management and decision-making.   Facts, evidence and data analysis can support objectivity and confidence in decision-making – but how does evidence-based decision-making really benefit organisations and audit professionals? For a start, evidence is more reliable and…

Why quality assurance is a vital ingredient for a UK nutrition’s business.

Cambridge Commodities takes a “no-nonsense” approach to ensuring transparency in its quality operations, says the firm’s Head of Quality and Technical Becky Smith. When you’re sourcing and supplying more than 2,500 ingredients via a complex supply chain, you need to earn the trust of your customers. And a key way to do that is to…

A joined-up Approach to Building Safety.

The UK is introducing the most significant reform to building safety regulations in decades, aiming to create a coherent system that defines responsibilities and improves quality across the built environment. Published in July 2021, the UK government’s long-awaited draft Building Safety Bill promises to deliver the biggest reform of regulation across the construction and residential…

Standards and Nonconformity in the Automotive Sector.

The International Automotive Task Force is reviewing how problem-solving and nonconformity management are covered in the IATF 16949:2016, the global technical specification and quality standard for the automotive industry. What do the trends tell us? Quality management is mission-critical to the international automotive industry, not least in the UK, where quality and innovation are key…

ISO 9001 Gets Quality Check.

Used by millions of organizations around the globe, the world-standard reference for quality, ISO 9001, Quality management systems – Requirements, has just passed its “warrant of fitness”. Like all ISO standards, ISO 9001 undergoes a systematic review every five years to decide whether it is still valid or needs updating. This is important to ensure the standard is still…

Building Trust in Food Safety Auditing.

Marie-Claude Quentin, Senior Technical Manager at the Global Food Safety Initiative, explains how it is troubleshooting issues of trust in auditing and certification processes.  With sudden and significant disruptions in the audit processes during the pandemic, third-party food safety certification has faced one of its most challenging times. However, this period of disruption has served to highlight the significant and increasing threats that third-party food safety certification has faced for some time. For…

Driving Clinical Improvement in the NHS through Audit Management.

Improvement, Innovation and Effectiveness Lead Tracey Brailsford at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust explains how a cloud-based system is helping senior leadership and frontline staff learn from performance and continually improve services for patients.  When Tracey Brailsford joined Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in 2015, the organisation’s clinical audit activity was based around paper forms and spreadsheets….