Adapting to the New Normal: Third-party Audits.

Damien Tiller, CQP MCQI, IRCA Lead PQMS and QMS Auditor, highlights the way the SOC® Service Organizations: Trust Services Criteria Report could overcome the difficulties inherent in remote auditing. Many organisations have switched to remote audits during their vendor selection and due-diligence auditing phase. For some organisations, especially those within the life sciences industry, this…

Understanding design and development of products and services.

Ravindiran Gurusamy, IRCA Certificated Associate Auditor, offers an overview of ISO9001:2015; Clause 8.3. It is useful to have an enhanced knowledge and understanding on the applicability of ISO9001:2015; Clause no 8.3, Design and development of products and services for audit clients in the service sectors. This article outlines how to implement and demonstrate conformance to…

Can your tendering process build potential failure into your project?

Dave Sheedy, CQP MCQI, Quality Assurance Manager at Arcelor Mittle Kent Wire Ltd, UK, explains the life-saving importance of suppliers producing the correct accreditation for the latest construction quality standards. As part of the tendering process within the construction industry, major projects require the completion of a pre-qualification questionnaire at all levels within the supply…

Dealing with product discrepancies in audits.

Greg Hutchins, Managing Director and Principal Engineer at qualityplusengineering.com, recalls how his dealings with a serious product discrepancy on a project led to improvements across the board. The following dilemma is based on a true story, where the names have been changed to protect the parties that were involved. Dilemma We were in the ninth year…

Providing Good Governance for Information Security

How businesses can improve and strengthen their information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection through the latest update to ISO/IEC 27014. Good governance has always been at the heart of successful organisations. It is suggested that the term ‘governance’ derives from the ancient Greek word ‘kubernáo’ meaning ‘to steer’. This would seem appropriate as the primary…

Managing Quality and Risk in Projects

Abdullah Shaiban, Project Inspection Supervisor at Saudi Aramco – a multinational petroleum and natural gas company – highlights the importance of integrating risk into a quality management system. ISO 9001:2015 provides a framework which organisations can apply to their quality management system (QMS) to deliver sustainable development solutions and to improve the overall performance of…

Lack of Engagement from Top Management

In our latest dilemma, Chris Achillea, UK Head of Compliance at Integral, UK, explains how quality managers can encourage senior teams to take ownership and more responsibility for their management system(s).  Dilemma The quality manager for a national service delivery organisation has scheduled a formal quarterly management review meeting for the senior team to attend….

Developing a Strategic Approach for Audits

Hadi El Cheikh, Quality Health and Safety Executive at Veolia Water Technologies, Middle East, explains how a strategic approach can lead to a more successful audit on the assessment day. Most of us will still remember the times when the third-party auditor(s) came and met the quality management representative to ask about the quality policy,…