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,…

Enhancing Construction through Digital Technology

Ian Mills and Mike Buss speak to Alicia Dimas about how new technologies are changing the construction industry and helping quality managers to better perform their jobs. Digital technologies can generate value for the construction industry. The application of these new technologies can improve productivity, reduce risks and increase quality in the construction sector. “When…

Process Automation and The Quality Professional

Richard Seddon, Managing Partner at Process Management International (PMI), UK, explains why quality professionals need to embrace process automation tools in this digitally-advanced era. We all know that widespread process automation is upon us. However, no longer is automation the preserve of the big one-off IT project with defined governance, controls and standards. Recent enhancements…

Striving for Excellence in the Quality Profession

Victoria Tait, Quality Specialist at Qualitait – a division of J Tait & Sons, UK, talks to Daniel Moore about securing Chartered Quality Professional status (CQP MCQI), and what others should consider when regrading. Daniel Moore: What made you decide to apply for this grade? Victoria Tait: I have worked in quality for nearly 20 years…

Strengthening Customer Relationships through Quality Assurance

Ben Dewison, Specialist Member of The Institute of Customer Service, UK, explains the importance of quality assurance and how it can be used to improve customer relationships. Quality standards are set by internationally recognised bodies to develop best practice, enhance company performance and improve customer satisfaction. Standards can take various forms, including: regulations, contractual requirements…

Auditing for Cost Improvement

Jeff Monk, CQP FCQI, Managing Director of auditing training and consultancy firm, Jemo International, shares his simple steps to help organisations curtail costs and improve business performance through audits. Many senior executives view quality as an overhead cost, necessary but not profit making. This article is based on work that we, Jemo International – a global…

Achieving success in quality

Donna Hopkins, Quality and Compliance Manager at Ridgeway Biologicals – part of Ceva Animal Health, UK, talks to Daniel Moore about achieving the CQI’s Chartered Membership grade (CQP MCQI), and her plans to move up to Fellowship status in the future. Daniel Moore: What made you decide to apply for this grade? Donna Hopkins: I have…

ISO 9001:2015 quality policy objectives (IRCA)

Andrew Holt examines how ISO 9001:2015 sets out the development and communication of the quality policy and what this means for auditors. It is in sub-clause 5.2.1 of ISO 9001:2015 that sets out the requirements of top management in respect of the organisation’s quality policy. Top management must establish a quality policy that is appropriate…