First of all, let me wish all of you a Happy New Year for 2017. In my last message I discussed the changes to the ISO 9001 – standard. The other ISO documentation that was under revision last year was the Audit standard…. ISO 19011/ now ISO17021 in which documentation the requirements for auditor competency and knowledge are itemized. This is a key document to ensure the quality and calibration of audits and sets out clearly the expectations. ISO 17021 is more specific to third party assessment and certification bodies.
There is a lot of discussion in Europe as to whether the revision of the ISO 9001 standard will increase the number of companies working towards certification in order to broaden their business base. It will be interesting to watch and see if there is any significant change in certification numbers and see what impact the changes have had.
For The Quality Management division, our objectives last year were to carry on with our teams efforts to engage more younger folks, students for example, and to extend our global outreach. The Group had successful conference presence and involvement in India in December in further pursuit of these goals and with some additions to our team, have strengthened our presence on the Asian conference, and my thanks to all of those who participated in this event. We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in being involved with our team as a volunteer. We are always looking for enthusiastic support. Please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be happy to ensure that you are connected with a leader who shares your areas of interest.
So, I look forward to working with you through the coming year and to meeting you at the events such as the World Quality Conference to be held in Charlotte.
My best to you all in Quality,
Chair - ASQ Quality Management Division
An ASQ Fellow
A member of the Certified Quality Institute
A Certified Quality Professional
An ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 Lead Auditor