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New Online Resource Center for Quality Management

In these uncertain times, working virtually and approaching new challenges with agility is of paramount importance if your company expects to continue to serve your customers. Veeva's new free resource center aims to provide relevant content and host virtual events to ensure you have the strategies and tactics to maximize your team’s performance in the current environment.

New Online Resource Center for Quality Management

In these uncertain times, working virtually and approaching new challenges with agility is of paramount importance if your company expects to continue to serve your customers. Veeva's new free resource center aims to provide relevant content and host virtual events to ensure you have the strategies and tactics to maximize your team’s performance in the current environment.
New Online Resource Center for Quality Management
 

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By: Anjalika Singh

The toughest part of being in a relationship is finding a perfect gift for your loved one. Gifting is an essential part of any relationship. You gift your better half for every reason and every season. Gift as a form of bribery in love is a time-tried tool.

Being a system believer, I use the process-based management system approach in ISO 9001 and plan-do-check-act (PDCA) methodology every time I need to find a perfect gift for my boyfriend. From dating to being in a relationship, from finding the right place for the perfect date to ordering the perfect food, ISO 9001 and PDCA have been very useful tools. In this light, PDCA has become my secret strategy for planning my perfect moment with my perfect guy, and to make it the most memorable one. ISO 9001’s PDCA has been my guiding light, just like the green light from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

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By: Inderjit Arora

ISO 9001 lead-auditor training should enable auditors to focus on the requirements when auditing and to stay away from the pitfall of guidelines.

Take the case of ISO 9001 or, for that matter, any management system standard. The standard has notes to explain the clauses. ISO 9001’s clause 4.1, for example, has three notes. Are these integral to the clause? Yes and no. Yes, because they are explaining an important aspect of the clause. No, because though these are valuable inputs for designing questions and an in implementing ISO 9001, they can’t be used as requirements. Nonconformities, as the drivers of correction and corrective action, are fundamental to the implementation of ISO 9001. ISO 9001 lead-auditor training must clearly outline for students that a nonconformance is the nonfulfillment of a requirement. Notes are not a requirement of the clause.

A look at the new global QMS database

IAF CertSearch

Over the years there have been many attempts to create a database of companies registered to ISO management systems. All of them eventually gave up on the effort.

Well, the database is back and is now spearheaded by the International Accreditation Forum. We talk to Grant Ramaley, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Aseptico Inc., and Nigel Johnston, Founder & CEO of QualityTrade.com, Developer for IAF CertSearch.

IAF CertSearch - global certification database 
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IAF (International Accreditation Forum)

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

The Covid-19 coronavirus has developed into a widespread pandemic. With growing outbreaks of diagnosed cases in all 50 states, and vastly larger numbers of undiagnosed cases, there’s serious cause for concern. Yet quality professionals who follow the official advice on Covid-19 coronavirus prep could be hurting themselves and their organizations.

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By: Jennifer Grant

With Covid-19 continuing to impact many businesses, lead time as well as sourcing new suppliers is increasingly difficult. If you currently outsource manufacturing overseas, it is likely you have encountered some turbulence to your supply chain.

Rapid prototypes and large-quantity production of special precision parts and components are key to many business’s operations. Along with this, an agile business strategy that enables the sourcing of verified suppliers, as well as maintaining production-line efficiency, are critical. With travel to Asia currently stalled, and many factories presently closed or operating at low capacity, this strategy is not easily executed for many companies worldwide. Although engineers have a wide array of companies to choose from to get their machining parts manufactured, the turnaround time can be weeks from order to delivery.

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By: Quality Digest

This is supposed to be trade-show season. The time when companies send their employees to industry tech shows and user-group meetings to see and experience the latest offerings in their field. A time when companies expend a good portion of their budget on booth space, shipping costs, and hotel and travel expenses to get their products and employees in front of thousands of people.

This year, however, due to concerns about the Covid-19, conferences are being cancelled left and right. From fashion to food to finance, show websites are plastering “cancelled” notices across their home pages. Design News  lists dozens of tech shows around the world that have shuttered or postponed. These include shows from Apple, Facebook, Google, Gartner, and both the China and Korea Semicon shows.

Covid-19 and the supply chain

Digital manufacturing helps mitigate supply chain disruptions

How has Covid-19 impacted the supply chain, particularly if you do business in China? How can digital manufacturing help mitigate supply chain issues? We talk to Jennifer Grant of HAIZOL, a contract manufacturer based in China, to find out.