Writing an Effective Nonconformity

Joseph Krolikowski, QMS Technical Director and Auditor at Perry Johnson Registrars, explains why writing non-conformity statements is an essential part of the auditing process. Nonconformities are not usually something that most people are terribly happy to receive during an audit. However, if the nonconformity statement isn’t adequately written it can make for a myriad of…

Remote auditing: A 360-degree perspective

Dean Blevins, CQP MCQI, Product Quality Specialist at Almac Group reveals what was discussed at the latest CQI Northern Ireland branch event on remote auditing.  On Tuesday 5 May 2020, the CQI’s Northern Ireland branch hosted an online webinar called ‘Remote Auditing – A 360 Degree Perspective’. The branch event, which was open to all CQI and IRCA members, proved to be…

Securing the TISAX label

Raymond Mooney, PCQI, Business Development Manager at TÜV Nord, UK, outlines the requirements and advantages of the TISAX Standard for automotive businesses.  The automotive industry is a place where a significant amount of confidential information and data exists. For instance, a car manufacturer may share sensitive information with a supplier about a new model. This…

Raising standards in the private security sector

Tony Brachmanski, CQP MCQI, IRCA Principal Auditor, provides an insight into the purpose and structure of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), and the approach third party ACS- approved auditors are applying to assess businesses against the standard. For many years, the private security industry has been perceived to have a poor reputation, with negative press…

Plugging the STEM Skills Gap

Gaurav Bijlani PCQI, Senior Production Test Engineer at Hanover Displays, speaks about the importance of encouraging more students into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers. According to the Manufacturing in 2020 report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK manufacturing industry accounts for 10 per cent of the UK economy. “However, a staggering 81 per cent…

Improve Life after Lockdown with Hoshin Kanri and Deming’s 14 Points

David Hutchins, CQP FCQI, Chairman and Principal at David Hutchins International, looks at how quality professionals can help their organisations by applying the Hoshin Kanri method and using Deming’s 14 points for management. When we celebrated the New Year, as we raised our glasses, we could not possibly have suspected what was to be our…

Setting and Applying SMART Objectives

Sam Kinch, Quality Management Consultant at qualityinspired.co.uk, highlights the importance of SMART objectives and how businesses should apply them. ISO 9001:2015 requires all organisations to have a quality policy and quality objectives in place to track and monitor business performance. The policy should directly link to the objectives, giving businesses foundation to start creating targets and…