Category Archives: Auditing

My early thoughts on ISO 9001:2015 DIS

The draft international standard (DIS) of ISO 9001:2015 is available. CQI members can access it for free via the CQI website, it’s £25 otherwise. I’ve had a scan through it and a few things struck me about it … Continue reading

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Auditing: Teach a Man to Think ….

Lately the IRCA has made some attempt to add weight to the development of thought processes and abilities in their course criteria. That means less weighting on memorising facts and definitions, and more scenario based testing. I think maybe the old systems are at least partly to blame for the levels of unconscious incompetence that I see too regularly Continue reading

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IRCA Exam Revision Tips

I spend more time than I really want to advising people on how best to prepare for IRCA Lead Auditor exams, so I suppose it is time for a time saving hyperlink Continue reading

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The real benefits of ISO 9001 certification

ISO 9001, that part of the ISO 9000 series that defines the quality management system requirements, clearly means many things to many people. There are certainly people with a vested interest in promoting its virtues and (sometimes) overstating its merits in the process. There are also some very vociferous opponents, including some career critics who have made a good living from disparaging it. But let’s try to be objective and think things through clearly Continue reading

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EFQM and ISO 9001 – A comparison of approaches

A comparison of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the efqm model and iso 9001 Continue reading

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