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ISO 45001 Update

The development of ISO 45001 has been beset by delays as consensus amongst participating national bodies has been difficult to achieve. This led to the aim that ISO 45001 would be issued in October 2016 and that the FDIS stage would be omitted from the process (that is, it was hoped that comments The volume of comments and concerns raised by participating national bodies was very high and consequently ISO 45001 and the process of further consultation, will require a significant amount of work, meaning that, at this stage, the very earliest we can expect the standard to be issued in February 2017.
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ISO 9001:2015: A Dystopian Nightmare

There was a time, years ago, when “controls” and “procedures” were tantamount the same thing. Documented procedures were BY FAR the most widely applied control, so asking for “the procedure” was a reasonable request. Those days are gone, and ISO 9001:2015 has tried to reflect that. It has tried to reflect the way organisations manage their affairs in the 21st Century and, unfortunately for the lazier auditor, this will involve “documented procedures” to a lesser and lesser extent. They do things differently Continue reading

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ISO 9001:2015 Human Factors

Most people that know anything about management systems understand that human factors have to be accounted for. You can’t simply write a procedure or implement a control and then assume that it will be adhered to. People are not like that. People can be lazy, selfish, tired, distracted, hacked off … all of which can reduce the chance that a procedure, no matter how correct and communicated, may not be followed all of the time. Continue reading

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ISO 9001:2015 Revised Quality Management Principles

The principles of quality management can be considered “threads” of good business practice that should focus the application and intent of the ISO 9000 series. ISO 9000:2015 provides guidance on the way that these principles should be applied Continue reading

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ISO 9001:2015: Internal and External Issues

All management systems adopting the Annex SL format are required to identify and manage as appropriate, the management system’s internal and external issues. This will initially require an organisation to determine the scope of the management system, then to understand the processes within its scope, and then to further understand how they inter-relate both internally and externally. Continue reading

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