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Understanding ISO 9000

by Ron Kurtus (updated 22 January 2022)

The ISO 9000 standards provide guidelines for running a business in an effective manner, enhancing your return on investment. Some companies require their suppliers to have ISO 9000 registration or certification. It is our philosophy that even if ISO 9000 is not required for your business, complying with the practices stated in the standards and especially using our Rationale ISO 9000 version will greatly improve your business operations and assure your company is run in a championship manner.

There is a need for people who can effectively implement ISO 9000 within a company. Your knowledge and skills in this area can help advance your career or improve your business.

The purpose of these free online lessons is to give you a start at improving your skills in applying the ISO 9000 standards to organizing your company's business operations. Note that this material is not so much about getting registered as it is about applying the standards to improve your business. If you have any questions, send me an email.

ISO 9000 Contents

Improving business

Explanation of ISO 9000

ISO 9000 Compliance versus Certification

Documents Needed for ISO 9000

Rationale Approach to Quality Policy Manual

Records Required by ISO 9001

Internal ISO 9000 Audits

Comparing ISO 9000 and TQM

Gaining ISO 9000 certification

Reasons to Seek ISO 9000 Certification

Simple Plan for ISO 9000 Registration

Steps to Achieve ISO 9000 Registration

Sample Quality Manual

Sample Rationale Quality Policy Manual

Table of Contents

0.0 Introduction

1.0 Scope

2.0 References

3.0 Definitions

4.0 Quality System Requirements

4.1 Management Responsibility

4.2 Quality System

4.3 Contract Review

4.4 Design Control

4.5 Document Control

4.6 Purchasing

4.7 Purchaser Supplied Product

4.8 Product Identification and Traceability

4.9 Process Control

4.10 Inspection and Testing

4.11 Inspection, Measuring, and Test Equipment

4.12 Inspection and Test Status

4.13 Control of Nonconforming Product

4.14 Corrective Action

4.15 Handling, Storage, Packaging, and Delivery

4.16 Quality Records

4.17 Internal Quality Audits

4.18 Training

4.19 Servicing

4.20 Statistical Techniques


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