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Preparing for ISO 9000.


This checklist is for managers involved with the implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS (1) (Minolta-QMS, Inc., Mobile, AL) A manufacturer of laser printers founded in 1977 by Jim Busby. Initially involved with controllers for printing bar codes and labels, it entered the laser printer business in the mid-1980s and set numerous records. ) within their organisation, based on ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 9000, and describes the processes involved.

Most quality initiatives are aimed at increasing customer satisfaction and involve many elements in the process, such as training, "getting it right first time", empowerment em·pow·er  
tr.v. em·pow·ered, em·pow·er·ing, em·pow·ers
1. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.

, performance measurement, continuous improvement and managing change.

The ISO 9000 series of standards provides a model with which organisations can build a QMS to create cohesion cohesion: see adhesion and cohesion.
Cohesion (physics)

The tendency of atoms or molecules to coalesce into extended condensed states. This tendency is practically universal.
 and integration of a group of initiatives that might otherwise be approached in isolation from each other. Having developed a system based on ISO 9000, it is then possible to obtain registration through a nationally recognised accreditation accreditation,
n a process of formal recognition of a school or institution attesting to the required ability and performance in an area of education, training, or practice.

ISO 9000 presents an opportunity for fully integrating organisational improvement which improves and simplifies processes by examining what you do and how you do it, providing an increased awareness of customers' needs and expectations.

National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership

This checklist has relevance for the following standards: B: Providing direction, unit 8.


ISO 9000 provides a framework for an organisation to develop a QMS to suit its own individual situation regardless of the end product, be it tangible (manufactured) intangible (service) or a combination of both. It provides guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
 for good management practice that identify the basic disciplines, specifying the criteria by which processes can be examined to ensure that products or services meet customers' expectations. The standard also gives a guide to measuring the effectiveness of the QMS and making use of those measures to continually improve both products and services.

Action checklist

1. Buy and read the standard and relevant guidelines

The ISO 9000 series of standards outline the requirements for a QMS. ISO 9000 defines the terms and vocabulary used; ISO 9001 gives the full specification for a QMS, and ISO 9004 outlines the continual improvement Continual Improvement (also called incremental improvement or staircase improvement) is a process or productivity improvement tool intended to have a stable and consistent growth and improvement of all the segments of a process or processes.  process.

The standard allows organisations to tailor some of the requirements to suit their circumstances CIRCUMSTANCES, evidence. The particulars which accompany a fact.
     2. The facts proved are either possible or impossible, ordinary and probable, or extraordinary and improbable, recent or ancient; they may have happened near us, or afar off; they are public or
. They are allowed to omit o·mit  
tr.v. o·mit·ted, o·mit·ting, o·mits
1. To fail to include or mention; leave out: omit a word.

a. To pass over; neglect.

 parts of the Product Realisation section if it is not appropriate to the organisation or the product or service, or is not required by customers. All other sections of the standard are mandatory. Any reason for exclusion must be clearly defined and qualified within the Quality Manual.

2. Gain top management commitment

The standard places responsibility on senior management to manage the QMS. They must understand their customers' needs at a strategic level and be able to translate this into policies and objectives to meet these needs. They must also make sure that there are clear paths of communication throughout the organisation, and that all staff are aware of customers' needs. There is a requirement for senior management to regularly review the effectiveness of the QMS system.

3. Decide how the organisation will be registered and select an assessment body

It is possible for just part of the organisation to apply for registration. If there is just a single site, then consider if all departments are to be accredited accredited

recognition by an appropriate authority that the performance of a particular institution has satisfied a prestated set of criteria.

accredited herds
cattle herds which have achieved a low level of reactors to, e.g.
; if multi-site, then all sites must apply individually. Be careful to adopt a unified approach across the organisation, working within the guidelines of ISO 9000. It is better for diverse sites to work together to register, irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.

irrespective of
preposition despite 
 the end product.

One of the first tasks will be to select an assessment body even though registration is at the end of the process. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS UKAS United Kingdom Accreditation Service
UKAS United Kingdom Association of Sonographers
) provides information on suitable accreditation bodies for specific industry sectors. It is advisable ad·vis·a·ble  
Worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent.

 to select an accreditation body approved by UKAS, and to have the development process and the accreditation assessment carried out by separate bodies, rather than by the same one.

4. Appoint a management representative

The management representative will be a member of the organisation's management who is given the overall day-to-day responsibility for the administration of the QMS. The appointee APPOINTEE. A person who is appointed or selected for a particular purpose; as the appointee under a power, is the person who is to receive the benefit of the trust or power.  must be a member of the organisation's own staff and not an outside consultant. He or she also provides the link with the assessment body both during and between assessment visits.

5. Decide if outside help is required

Depending on the resources and knowledge available within your organisation you may wish to employ outside help. Some trade organisations are able to provide assistance in this matter. There are also many organisations providing training courses in ISO 9000 and quality management techniques. Employing outside help will add to the cost of registration but that must be balanced with the benefits and expertise provided.

6. Involve staff

It is vital to gain the commitment of all staff. Some staff may see the standard as bureaucratic bu·reau·crat  
1. An official of a bureaucracy.

2. An official who is rigidly devoted to the details of administrative procedure.

, or as a threat to their working practices or as drawing attention to individuals when a mistake is made. It is important to allay al·lay  
tr.v. al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
1. To reduce the intensity of; relieve: allay back pains. See Synonyms at relieve.

 any such fears and to emphasise that the aim is to improve the quality of the end product or service through a simplification and rationalisation Noun 1. rationalisation - (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening
 of processes, and that every member of staff has an important contribution to make.

7. Interpret the requirements

There are eight sections in ISO 9001, each with a number of sub-sections. The first three are for definition only, the remaining five are operational.
          Section              Comment

4. Quality Management System   The foundation of a QMS. Looks at
                               processes and their interaction, and
                               specifies the documentation needed to
                               effectively manage the system.

5. Management Responsibility   How top management will manage the

6. Resource Management         How the organisation's resources are
                               utilised to carry out the processes.

7. Product Realisation         This section is concerned with how
                               input is converted into output

8. Measurement, Analysis,      How an organisation measures the
   Improvement                 performance of the QMS and how these
                               measures are used for continual

8. Write a quality policy

A quality policy is the foundation upon which all quality activities are based. It is a mission statement and it must originate o·rig·i·nate
1. To bring into being; create.

2. To come into being; start.
 from senior management. The quality policy should be kept simple, to enable it to be understood by all staff whilst confirming the requirement of the standard, its objectives and goals for quality, including the requirement to meet customer expectations and needs.

9. Draw up a quality plan

A quality plan is a useful tool on which to timetable, build and chart progress, allocate resources and define responsibilities for action. During the process, all involved should meet and review progress at regular intervals to enable the impetus to be maintained. Care must be exercised in providing a realistic timetable.

10. Document the QMS

Having decided how you are to implement the standard, the next step is to map the system. ISO 9001 requires a quality manual and operational procedures The detailed methods by which headquarters and units carry out their operational tasks.  to be written. The manual should show the interaction of processes within the organisation, and mapping them provides a key to understanding the organisational flow and ultimately where improvements can be made. One method is to graphically represent processes using some form of flowchart, clearly showing the relationships and flow of work. Remember that any process will have three stages--input, operation and output.

ISO 9001 allows you to record the QMS in any medium you choose providing there is clear evidence of control to prevent unauthorised changes. Whilst developing the QMS, take into account existing systems, how they contribute to the aims of your QMS, and the competency COMPETENCY, evidence. The legal fitness or ability of a witness to be heard on the trial of a cause. This term is also applied to written or other evidence which may be legally given on such trial, as, depositions, letters, account-books, and the like.
 of staff involved in carrying out the processes.

11. Establish performance indicators

A framework must be established to measure the effectiveness of the QMS. Select realistic and measurable indicators, such as the length of time taken to answer a customer query, output rates and reject quantities. Define how indicators are to be measured and set targets to be achieved. Monitor performance against targets on a regular basis.

12. Use complaints positively

Establish or enhance your existing complaints system by treating each complaint, be it from external or internal sources, as an indicator of the need for improvement. Positive action is required to correct the fault (short-term) and prevent it happening again (longer term). Keep the complainant A plaintiff; a person who commences a civil lawsuit against another, known as the defendant, in order to remedy an alleged wrong. An individual who files a written accusation with the police charging a suspect with the commission of a crime and providing facts to support the allegation  informed of progress.

13. Review the system

After commencing the project, allow a reasonable amount of time before reviewing the system by establishing an audit programme. A quality audit is a key review tool, and looks at what is done in relation to the standard, in terms of organisational processes and procedures. Audit non-conformities not only point out deviations from the agreed procedure but may also indicate areas for further amendment. Examine and action any trends in the number and type of nonconformities.

14. Get ready for assessment

When you are satisfied that the QMS has begun achieving the goals and objectives set in the quality policy, and when there has been sufficient time to obtain sufficient documentary records, then it is time to be assessed. Some assessment bodies offer a pre-assessment visit to enable potential discrepancies to be addressed beforehand. If this is not viable, then conduct an independent audit of the whole system. It is possible that a first audit may highlight a number of discrepancies, most probably of a minor nature, but each one having the potential to prevent successful registration. Only when you are satisfied that the QMS is performing as you and the standard require, arrange for the assessment visit.

15. Assessment

This will be exhaustive in nature, and may well last two or three days, so be prepared to devote time solely to the assessment team. Assessments start with an opening meeting where the assessors explain what they are looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 and the actions they will take if discrepancies are found.

The main body of the visit normally consists of two parts, a documentation audit and an implementation audit. In the former, the assessors will look at how the QMS addresses the requirements of the standard, and in the latter, will look for evidence to show that what has been written down is actually being practised practised

expert or skilled because of long experience in a skill or field: the doctor answered with a practised smoothness

Adj. 1.
. The visit will finish with a closing meeting where the assessors will present a report on what they have found and anything that needs to be changed or corrected. Depending on the nature and number of discrepancies found they may or may not recommend registration. Occasionally the assessors may recommend that any serious non-conformities are addressed prior to registration, in which case a second visit may be required.

16. Maintaining registration

Once you have been awarded ISO 9000 registration, it is important to maintain a constant check on the QMS by auditing and quality review meetings. An assessor from the chosen accreditation body will visit at least once a year, sometimes more, and whilst not carrying out a full assessment each time, will certainly want to see evidence of review and continuing improvement. Don't forget that a QMS is flexible, not carved in stone Adj. 1. carved in stone - no longer changeable; "the agreement is not yet set in stone"
set in stone

unchangeable - not changeable or subject to change; "a fixed and unchangeable part of the germ plasm"-Ashley Montagu; "the unchangeable seasons"; "one of the

Do's and don'ts for ISO 9000 accreditation


* Focus on the customer.

* Read the standard.

* Involve staff.

* Keep procedures simple.

* Maintain a constant review.

* What you say you do.


* Write all the procedures yourself.

* Let bureaucracy run amok Amok (ā`mŏk), in the Bible, post-Exilic Jewish family. .

* Forget to involve customers and suppliers.

* Be afraid to change anything which is not proving effective.


BS EN ISO 9000: 2000 Quality Management Systems: fundamentals and vocabulary

BS EN ISO 9001: 2000 Quality Management Systems: requirements

BS EN ISO 9004: 2000 Quality Management Systems: guidelines for performance improvement.

Available from British Standards British Standards are the national standards of the UK. The standards body which produces them is BSI British Standards, a division of BSI Group. It is incorporated under a Royal Charter and is formally designated as the National Standards Body (NSB) for the UK.  Institution (BSI BSI - British Standards Institute ) - see below.

Additional resources


ISO9001 2000 in brief, 2nd ed, Ray Tricker and Bruce Sherring-Lucas

Amsterdam: Butterworth Heinemann, 2005

Quality audit for ISO9001 2000: a practical guide, 2nd ed, David Wealleans

Aldershot: Gower, 2005

ISO9000 2000 an A to Z guide, David Hoyle

Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 2003

Managing quality, 4th ed, Barrie G Dale

Malden Mass: Blackwell, 2003

Gower handbook of quality management, 3rd ed, Matt Seaver ed Sea·ver   , (George) Thomas Known as "Tom." Born 1944.

American baseball player. A right-handed pitcher mainly with the New York Mets (1967-1977), he had 311 career victories and won the Cy Young Award three times (1969, 1973, and 1975).

Aldershot: Gower, 2003

Beyond registration: getting the best from ISO9001 and business improvement, Steve Tanner Steve Tanner was a fictional character in the British Soap Opera Coronation Street, played by Paul Maxwell. American Steve was an old flame of Elsie Tanner's from the war, he returned to Weatherfield in 1967 and rekindled his relationship with Elsie, they married and moved back to , Mike Bailey and Charles Pertwee

London: European Centre for Business Excellence, 2003

Customer satisfaction measurement for ISO9000:2000, Nigel Hill, Bill Self and Greg Roche

Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 2002

This is a selection of books available for loan to members from the Management Information Centre. More information at:

Internet resources

British Standards Institution (BSI)

An overview and explanation of ISO 9000


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United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

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International Organisation Noun 1. international organisation - an international alliance involving many different countries
global organization, international organization, world organisation, world organization
 for Standards

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Organization for determining standards in most technical and nontechnical fields. Founded in Geneva in 1947, its membership includes more than 100 countries.

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