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…

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…

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….

​The Philosophy of ISO 9001:2015

Antonis Louloudis, CQP MCQI, head of SWISS APPROVAL/TUV Rheinland-North Hellas Branch, Greece, tells Andrew Holt that effective ISO 9001:2015 transition is about embracing the standard’s philosophy. Antonis Louloudis, CQP MCQI, is head of SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG SA/TUV Rheinland representative office at the North Hellas Branch in Thessaloniki, Greece, a leading certification and notification body…

​ISO 9001:2015 – Why Transition Matters

CQI interim head of membership services Richard Green explains why ISO 9001:2015 transition is important for quality professionals. ISO standards are the result of international, expert consensus and the CQI contributes towards the revision process in a detailed way. As a result, the standards offer the benefit of global management experience and good practice. These standards can be…

​Understanding Organisational Context in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

John Hartill looks at how quality professionals should address the organisational context requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Understanding the organisation and its context is a new requirement within Annex SL-based revisions to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. This is a ‘shall determine’ requirement, indicating that there is a requirement to demonstrate an output…

How to Conduct a Successful Audit Risk Evaluation

Andrew Ward explains how he helped create a bespoke audit solution to support Balfour Beatty and Crossrail during construction of the new Woolwich station. Audit schedules are the basic requirement for checking what and when quality processes and outputs should be measured to gain the maximum benefits for the business. However, often understanding the ‘what’…

Update: ISO 19011 Guidance on Auditing Management Systems

Richard Green explains the fundamental changes to ISO 19011:2011 ISO 19011:2011 provides guidance on auditing management systems. It identifies the principles of auditing and provides advice as to how to manage an audit programme and conduct management system audits. It additionally advises on the evaluation of the competence of individuals involved in the audit process,…