Thoughts on ISO Standards
Carl and Fred discuss ISO standards and how they impact quality and reliablity of products. The discussion begins with the ISO 9000 series and proceeds to a discussion of standards in general.
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the impact of ISO 9000 series and other ISO standards.
- Quality is not achieved by becoming certified to ISO 9001.
- What happens when a company adheres to quality processes that are not best practice?
- Understanding and documenting your quality processes is only a beginning.
- The objective is to have the right processes that get you the outcome that you need, and to do them consistently.
- Based on an actual survey of companies that have pursued ISO 9001 certification, the primary reason is for marketing reasons, not to improve quality (see reference in Show Notes).
- Many ISO standards are written very well. However, adhering to standards is not enough by itself. The objective needs to be on achieving products that are safe and reliable.
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The reference for the survey of companies about ISO 9001 is from the International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, “ISO 9000: marketing motivations and benefits,” Francis Buttle, 1997, Vol. 14 Issue 9, pp. 936-947
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