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When will you transition to the ISO9001:2015 standard?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Is your company certified to ISO9001:2008? Have you planned when you will transition to ISO9001:2015? Some planning now could save you a ton of money later.

What is ISO certification?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Sometimes people ask for “ISO certification” and they don’t really know what they’re asking. What kind of ISO certification are you talking about?

ISO9001:2008 or ISO9001:2015: Which should you implement?

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

If you’re looking to get certified to ISO9001, should you go for ISO9001-2008 or ISO9001-2015?

Frustrations with the ISO9001-2008 certification process

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Dear gentle readers, Today’s post is going to be a bit of a rant. I have been involved in the implementation and management of quality systems for over 25 years. Every once in a while something happens that makes me think I’m just bashing my head against the wall, wasting my time. Such an incident […]

What processes should be audited in your ISO9001-2008 quality management system?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

What should be included in your internal audit program? Does everything need to be audited? What can you leave out?

Controlling paper documents in an ISO9001-2008 quality system

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Why would anyone want to control hard copy quality management system documents?


Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

ISO9001-2015 is coming! Will there be a lot of changes? What do you need to do now?

Do you need FMEA and PPAP in your ISO9001-2008 Quality System?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Has someone told you that your organization needs to do PPAP and/or FMEA as a part of your ISO9001-2008 quality management system?

Control of Records in your ISO9001-2008 Quality Management System

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

ISO9001-2008 requires that you keep records and have a procedure to control them. But the standard gives us a lot of latitude in how we achieve this. As with most of the standard, whether or not your method of records control meets the standard is subject to interpretation.

Don’t overpay for your ISO9001-2008 certificate!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

How much will it cost to get ISO9001-2008 certification? Do some research, ask questions, get multiple quotes. It might be a lot less expensive than you think.

Assessing your ISO9001-2008 Quality System for the New Year

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Did you accomplish your quality goals in 2012? What changes will you make in the new year?

ISO9001 Corrective Actions in Everyday Life

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You’re probably aware that one of the requirements of the ISO9001-2008 quality standard is to have a Corrective Action Program. ISO9001-2008 also requires Preventive Actions, but that’s not my topic for today. A corrective action program should be available for anyone in your organization to use. Corrective action requests are generated whenever there is a […]

Do you know a company that is ISO9001 certified, but maybe should not be?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Have you dealt with a company that allegedly has ISO9001-2008 certification, but you wonder how they keep their certification?

Reap benefits of ISO9001-2008 without any cost

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Here’s how you can reap some benefits of an ISO9001-2008 quality management system without incurring any of the costs.

ISO9001-2008: The dirty little secret?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Learn about ISO9001-2008’s dirty little secret.

OFI’s, or “opportunities for improvement”, in an ISO9001-2008 quality system.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

During an ISO9001-2008 audit, auditors often write up “OFI’s”, or “opportunities for improvement”. Do you need to act on these?

Will you use ISO9001:2008 to help in 2011?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

2011 is almost here. While I believe every year above ground is a good one, 2010 certainly presented many of us with many, many challenges. I’m definitely looking forward to 2011 with hope and optimism. The economy is crap. Many businesses are suffering. You can sit and sulk and brood and go nowhere. Or you […]

Is it possible to get ISO9001-2008 accredited before you start a business?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Recently I had a few phone calls, and a brief introductory meeting, with a gentleman who claimed he and his partner were in business making electronic devices. He said a large, well-known company wanted to do business with him, and the potential customer insisted he have his ISO9001-2008 certificate. We talked quite a bit, I […]

ISO9001-2008 Similarities to Government

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The other day it dawned on me that ISO9001-2008 performs a function similar to governments. How so?

Writing Your ISO9001:2008 Documentation? KISS!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

There’s no need for your ISO9001:2008 quality system documentation to be overly complex. The more complicated you make it, the harder it is to follow, and the less your people will want to do it. So why do people insist on lengthly, complex documents?

What If Governments Followed ISO9001:2008?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Companies follow ISO9001:2008 in order to reduce mistakes, improve themselves, and improve the bottom line. What if governements followed ISO9001:2008?

Your ISO9001:2008 quality system: A real effort at improving, or the bare minimum?

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Do you have ISO9001:2008? Does your company genuinely want to improve? Or do you do the bare minimum needed to keep your certificate?

Say What You Do, Do What You Say…what does it mean to ISO9001-2008?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Have you ever heard the phrase “say what you do, do what you say”? Is this a good idea?

Why having ISO9001:2008 is more important than ever

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In our crappy economy, you might think having an ISO9001:2008 quality management system is a frivolous expense. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s why you NEED an ISO9001 quality system NOW!

Why the very first ISO9001-2008 audit is the easiest you’ll ever have.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

You might think your first ISO9001-2008 audit will be your hardest. While the preparation may take a long time, in some ways this will be your easiest audit.

Comment on Sean Kelly’s blog

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

My comment on blog post at regarding actual quality versus just a certificate.

Comment on Specific Steps to Achieve ISO Certification

Monday, February 19th, 2007

My comment on blog posting at

Comment on Management Systems Inc.

Monday, February 19th, 2007

My comment to blog posting at

comment: ISO Training

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I had to train about 15 people one time. It was not fun. Everyone kept complaining and joking about it.  It was rather like high school.  Quality Management Systems are like fruitcakes — if you know and appreciate them, you can’t understand why people are always putting them down; and if you aren’t familiar with […]