ISO 9001

August 29, 2014

The Dilemma of Procedure Reference on Process Maps and Quality Manuals

A reader asked, “I have the need to create a procedure as part of our ISO program and was wondering, should this procedure be listed on the process map either as a core process or as a supporting process? ...
June 2, 2014
weasel words

Document Control 101: How to comply with ISO and API without being trapped by your own words

Sometimes the interpretation of the ISO 9001 or API Q1 9th Edition/API Q2 requirements seem to force us to do things we won’t be able to do, or sustain for more than a few months— let alone days...
May 19, 2014
color coded tags

Red Tag, Green Tag: Color-Coded Tags

When it comes to red tags and green tags, which does your company use? A reader shared this material identification issue with us after a recent audit...
May 12, 2014
document registers

Numbering Schemes: Would a Document Register Help?

A reader recently asked us, “When generating a new form, procedure, or document, how do I know which number to use? How do I know which numbers are available? Let’s say I create a Receiving form...
May 5, 2014

Procedure vs. Work Practice

A reader recently asked, “What is the difference between a procedure and a work practice? For example, when a job is completed it is sent to Invoicing...
April 8, 2014
quality manual

How to Write an ISO or API Compliant Quality Manual

How To Build A Perfect Quality Manual Quality Manual Series: Part 3 of 3 Ah, so you read my part 1, “The Abominable Quality Manual,” and part 2, “How Did We Get Here,” and now you are ready to learn how to build a perfect Quality Manual. Well, I have good news and bad news ...
February 13, 2014
web qms more than iso

Web QMS – How Clients Use It for More than ISO

Okay, I’m interested. What else can Web QMS do for us? Mireaux’s Web QMS quality management systems software is mostly known for being an essential tool for meeting all requirements of the ISO 9001 standard...
December 7, 2013
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How did the Quality Manual Come to be a Mirror of the Standard?

How did this all start? Quality Manual Series: Part 2 of 3 Way back when, we used to have a Quality Manual with the following elements: A picture of our process map (to satisfy the sequence and interaction of the processes) ...
November 16, 2013
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The Abominable Quality Manual

Is a Quality Manual that simply regurgitates the standard useful for continual improvement? Quality Manual Series: Part 1 of 3 Have you ever seen a Quality Manual that did not look exactly like the ISO standard? Not lately, probably ...
October 23, 2013
selecting right registrar

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo – Selecting the Right Registrar Isn’t Child’s Play

So you’ve made the decision to seek certification – congratulations! You’re on your way to strengthening the core processes that translate into quality improvement, greater operational efficiency, increased profitability and a purposeful customer focus ...
March 4, 2013

ISO: Most Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever been audited by an ISO auditor? If you have, then you should know that there are a set of questions that are frequently asked during audits against various ISO standards ...
January 15, 2013
bsi certification registration

The AREs vs the WANNA-BEs

In this world, there are two types of organizations: those that are ISO certified, and those that want to be. Which one is your organization? We ARE ISO 9001 certified! Mireaux’s ISO 9001 Certificate of ...
January 5, 2013
bsi certification registration

My ISO Audit is Coming Up and I Have an Emergency – Can We Reschedule?

Can we reschedule an ISO audit? A reader recently asked, “We got certified last year in April. Does our audit this year have to be in April, or can we have it a few months before or after?” ...
October 17, 2012

ISO is Easier Said than Done Series: Why We Have No ISO Exclusions

When it comes to becoming ISO certified, many organizations try to take as many exclusions as they can from their scope of certification. I imagine they do this because it reduces the number of audit days, and because the cost of certification is determined by the number of audit days. But I think they also ...
October 3, 2012

ISO is Easier Said than Done Series: Mano a Mano – Ultimate Registrar Comparison

So you’re ready to become ISO certified and have found yourself facing the first hurdle: Deciding which ISO Registrar to pick. Don’t worry; you are not alone. For years we’ve helped organizations pick an ISO registrar to match their company’s culture and needs, and for years we’ve seen the process being complex and cumbersome, to ...