Get a good book on ISO9001:2000, Think About Doing it Yourself

Have you ever thought about trying to implement an ISO9001:2000 quality management system on your own, without hiring a consultant or a full time employee? ISO is not rocket science, it’s really not all that complicated or difficult to learn.

I would venture to say that most people do not have the patience or spare time needed to learn all about the ISO9001:2000 quality standard, write their own quality system documents, conduct their own training, arrange for a third party audit, etc. This is why consultants enjoy a lucrative business.

However, if you have some time and want to investigate what the heck ISO9001:2000 is all about, I recommend getting a good book on the subject.

One of my favorite books on this quality standard is “ISO9001:2000 Explained”, by Charles A. Cianfrani, Joseph Tsiakals and John West. This book is written in clear, easy to understand language, and in my opinion gives the reader a very good overview of ISO’s requirements and what should be included in your quality system documentation.

I’ve created my own set of templates over the last decade. I’ve made them available at I use them to start every new quality manual I write.

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