ISO/IEC TS 27022:2021 – Information Technology – Guidance on Information Security Management System Processes

Richard Green, CQP FCQI, Managing Director of Kingsford Consultancy Services, UK, outlines the newest guidance on information security implementation and operation. In the early days of management systems, a high degree of emphasis was placed on operating in accordance with specific, designated procedures. Management system standards were highly prescriptive, not only telling organisations which procedures…

The Future Value of Auditing from an Industry Perspective.

Cheekeong Loh, CQP MCQI, MIEAust CPEng, outlines how auditing can develop in the future. As an industry practitioner, I have helped manufacturing organisations across geographical regions and industries achieve improvements and have conducted research, most recently into Quality 4.0 and smart manufacturing. Through my work, I have observed emerging trends, such as Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality. Some questions that have arisen during my research include: How would non-financial auditing, which drives areas such as quality, operational improvements and due…

The High Level Structure is dead. Long life to the Harmonised Approach?

Horacio Martirena, a CQI technical assessor, IRCA Lead Auditor and Independent Consultant in management systems, outlines the development of the Harmonised Approach and the issues it addresses, and what it needs to resolve. The beginning: two standards Until the beginning of the 21st century, there were two ISO management system standards: ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO…

Preventing Infectious Disease Hazards with ISO 45006.

Richard Green provides an overview of the draft version of ISO 45006. The new Occupational health and safety management standard, that will provide organisations with guidelines for preventing and managing infectious disease hazards. Introduction Following the publication of ‘General guidelines for safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic’ in December, the intention was for TC283/WG5 to rewrite ISO/PAS 45005 as a more generic…

​The Importance of Leadership.

Andrew Holt identifies the most significant change contained within ISO 9001:2015, that of ‘leadership’, and what it means for quality professionals. The move from ‘Management responsibility’ to ‘Leadership’ is perhaps the most significant and far-reaching change contained within ISO 9001:2015, although the actual impact will depend very much on where each organisation is starting from….

Driving Quality Excellence in 2021

Eric Stoop, CEO at EASE Inc – a developer of plant floor audits and insights software in the US – provides his top five tips to help manufacturing businesses overcome the obstacles posed by Covid-19.   As the UK’s manufacturing sector continues its recovery, a feeling of optimism is spreading throughout the industry as vaccines…

​ISO 9001:2015 Documented Information.

Alex Woods offers a guide to the documented information requirements in ISO 9001:2015. One of the more eagerly discussed differences between ISO 9001:2015 and its predecessor is the absence of the terms “documents” and “records”. The six mandatory documented procedures are gone, so too has the requirement for a documented quality manual. Instead, throughout the…

Quality Behaviours

Paul Vaughan CQP, FCQI, Lead Quality Manager in Projects at Siemens Mobility, asks you to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and make quality a habit. Think about the following three scenarios: Scenario 1: Having paid good money for a theatre ticket, you find that the stage view is obscured. Scenario 2: You’ve just ordered…

Quality in Social Care.

Himu Gupta, CQP MCQI, an Independent Consultant and Trainer in quality control and quality assurance, explores the ways quality management can be improved in social care. More and more social care agencies are investing in the development and implementation of a quality management system. They are aiming to achieve best value in service delivery and provide an…

Utilising the ‘8D Approach’ in Business.

Stephanie Herring, Quality Manager at Wales Fertility Institute, UK, explains why the 8D approach should be applied when investigating non-conformances. Within all aspects of any service, quality remains the integral commodity of how we continue to improve our services, our staff and ourselves. Working towards continual improvement can sometimes cause staff and service fatigue, due…