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ISO 9001:2015 Clause 4 – “Context of the Organization”

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 Clause 4 “Context of the Organization” This is a valuable requirement to spend some time on. The better we understand our ‘Context’, the stronger Management System we will design. It will result in more resilience for our organization. This clause requires that we identify what kids of external and internal issues exist that will […]

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Posted: January 8, 2016 at 12:36 am   /   Blog, Infograph


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ASQ Ottawa Valley Section Receives Historical Documents

Posted: December 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm   /   Blog

Michael Olsen, one of the founding members of ASQ Ottawa Valley Section, contacted ASQ Ottawa with the news that he wishes to deliver some historical documents. ASQ Ottawa invited Mike to the Professional Development event held on Nov 25, 2015. Mike delivered the original copy of the Charter incorporating ASQ Ottawa as an independent Section, […]

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Auditing 2.0

Posted: December 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015, Process Improvements

Now that we have the final version of ISO 9001:2015, it’s time to see if there are any implications for our organizations on the auditing side. Well, there are! The disappearance of specific required documents should not be any surprise. We went from 20 required procedures in the 1987 and 1994 versions down to 6 […]

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Change is in the air – ISO 9001 and Requirements for Managing Change!

Posted: October 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm   /   Featured, ISO 9001:2015

The current version of ISO 9001 has some important requirements for managing change. This is no surprise, and we are wise to remember that change introduces risk into our organizations. So when you’re planning a change (and we hope you are planning it!) remember to assess the level of risk associated with ‘something new’. 1. System […]

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Connect the dots: PDCA, Risk-based thinking and the Process Approach

Posted: October 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015, Process Improvements

Risk-based thinking Risk-based thinking helps an organization determine what circumstances could cause hiccups, or worse, disaster. The idea here is to anticipate what might go wrong and create mitigation plans. On the flip side, ‘risk’ can be positive and organizations can build a Management System that puts them in a position to make maximum use […]

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Data integrity issues that defeat the public’s trust

Posted: September 27, 2015 at 8:46 am   /   Blog

The breaking news this last week that Volkswagen (VW) has been caught red-handed cheating their way through emissions tests, has much bigger implications for environmental regulators and consumers alike. VW was aware of this issue and publicly admitted on September 18 that it had fit some of its US market diesel vehicles with a software […]

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