Risk Based Auditing

The approach and value obtained from auditing vary significantly from one organization to another, with audits typically focused on elements such as compliance, certification, identifying deficiencies, and continuous improvement. At worst there seen as just something that you have to get done, at best there seen as a tool that can contribute significantly to the … Read more

Outsourcing Quality Management

Outsourcing quality management involves partnering with a third-party provider to administer all or elements of the quality management function. Outsourcing may include activities such as auditing, inspections, continuous improvement and supplier quality management.  As part of the outsourcing processes, organizations are likely to determine which tasks get outsourced based on factors such as need and … Read more

Ethics and Quality Management

Ethics and Quality management are closely intertwined methodologies which contribute to an organization’s ability to achieve excellence in both the context of production processes and customer and stakeholder expectations. We can summarise these frameworks as follows: Both of these factors have a significant influence on how an organization operates, how it produces its products and … Read more

Quality risk management

Quality risk management is a methodology used within industry and service sector organizations that identifies, assesses and contains possible risks that might impact the quality of a product or service. Quality risk management is used within a wide variety of sectors, from manufacturing organizations to healthcare. In today’s article, we’ll be looking at Quality risk … Read more

Risk Management in a Quality Management System

Risk management has a significant role in a business’s quality management system.  Effective risk management facilitates compliance (risk has a notable role within ISO9001) and overall business effectiveness through forward-thinking processes and environment. The result is a Quality Management System that generates an environment for excellence, innovation and competitive advantage. In today’s article, we’ll be … Read more

Process Management Framework

A Process Management Framework is a management system that is constructed from a hierarchy of documents and processes spanning end-to-end activities in support of customer requirements and deliverables. Process management frameworks are an alternative to silo-based, functional management systems.   The methodology focuses on optimizing interconnecting processes that span the organization and operators of those processes … Read more

Integrated Management System

An integrated management system (IMS) amalgamates all individual management systems within a business, i.e. elements of processes, standards, and policies. These form a single robust framework with a single set of objectives used by the business to execute its activities. IMS facilitates organizations to work, with harmonized documents, standards and goals, as a single unit. … Read more

Verification and Validation

Verification and Validation are common processes contained within a quality management system. They are independent of each other (and can be carried out separately) but are commonly found as part of a harmonious set of methods. Verification and Validation have different purposes, which are: Validation assures that a product or service meets the needs of … Read more

Internal Audit Checklist

An internal audit is a common business activity used to perform several tasks: Evaluate the effectiveness of your business’s quality management system (QMS) Evaluate compliance against a certification standard or set criteria Evaluate how processes are reviewed and maintained Evaluate your business’s performance.  As such, Internal Audits are an essential facet of your organization’s approach … Read more

How to establish effective Quality Assurance

Quality assurance provides evidence to a business that it is producing a great product. It involves several aspects, such as establishing an understanding of standards and requirements that must be met together with an assessment of the methods, approach and results achieved pertaining to quality in an organization. Quality Assurance, when operated successfully, can help … Read more