Selecting the Right Quality Tool.

Paul Vaughan CQP FCQI, Head of Quality at Emico, has developed a Quality Tool Selector, with input from the CQI’s Content Advisory Panel. Here, he outlines its development and explains how the compendium, which demonstrates what tool to apply to which scenario, benefits all quality professionals. If Batman can have his utility belt, Wonder Woman her…

The Pros and Cons of Remote Auditing.

Is remote auditing the ‘new norm’? Rasoul Aivazi, an Associate Auditor, International Project Quality Lead and member of the CQI’s Audit Special Interest Group, examines the benefits and drawbacks of carrying out an audit when not on site.   A survey carried out by the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC) on remote versus on-site audits discovered…

Remote control: Hosting an Audit for Paper-based Companies.

Quality professional Sarah-Jayne Henderson CQP MCQI outlines how to host a remote audit effectively for a paper-based system. It may seem surprising that so many companies are still paper-based in this era of ever-expanding information technology (IT). However, it is still relatively common practice in some industries, such as the life sciences. There are a…

Supporting People to Work Better for Longer.

Three ISO standards have recently been introduced to give guidance around our ageing society. We speak to Kim Chaplain, Associate Director for Work at the Centre for Ageing Better, about how one standard in particular, ISO 25550, can help employers retain and recruit older workers. An increasingly ageing population brings about challenges for society at…

Striving for Quality in Aerospace.

Chris Hosking, Head of Safety, Quality and Environment, Marshall Aerospace, discusses the mission-critical role of quality in the aerospace sector.  Based in Cambridge, UK, Marshall Aerospace is part of the wider Marshall Group and one of the UK’s largest privately owned, independent companies. The aerospace business has locations in the UK, North America and Middle…

SMEs, ISO 50005:2021 and the Race to Net Zero.

A new standard aims to simplify the implementation of energy management systems for smaller businesses that want to assist in combating climate change. How will ISO 50005:2021 help in the race to net zero carbon emissions? The commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is at the forefront of the global environmental, social…

Selling the Value of Audit.

An audit is a core business tool, especially in challenging times, says the CQI’s Audit SIG Chairman William Rankin CQP FCQI, Senior Operational Quality Lead at Inmarsat.  The value of audit is as important now as it has ever been. With the rapid advancement of technology spurred on by the recent pandemic, the approach to…

Writing Clear Audit Reports.

When conducting an audit, the final stage of the process is every bit as important as the first step. Jennie Clark CQP MCQI, Director of Elliem Consulting and Vice Chair of CQI’s Audit Special Interest Group, makes the case for clear reporting of issues identified at audit. Recently, I undertook an audit for a third-party…

What next for Occupational Health and Safety Management Standards?

Richard Green CQP FQCI, Managing Director of Kingsford Consultancy Services, takes a closer look at the work being carried out on two standards in the ISO 45000 family that could impact on occupational health and safety management for all organisations.  Occupational health and safety is critical in organisations of all sizes, with employee safety and wellbeing…

Reducing Microplastic Emissions from Tyres.

Friction between a tyre and the road generates emissions that are deposited as particles, impacting on the environment. How is the tyre manufacturing industry working to reduce emissions, while ensuring quality standards remain high? We found out more from Fazilet Cinaralp, Secretary General of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association. The potential environmental impact…