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A bit about The Elsmar Cove has been on the internet longer than any other quality assurance / business standards web site of its kind. The Elsmar Cove website has been on the internet for almost 21 years, having come online on 5 January 1996 - First as and around mid-2000 it was changed to the domain. In 2002 the domain was finally changed to A brief history of can be found here: A History of the Elsmar (aka Cayman) Cove. Elsmar started out with a focus on automotive's QS-9000 and automotive related requirements, and ISO 9001, but has evolved to include discussions of various regulatory affairs issues, manufacturing issues, a bit of six sigma and other quality assurance related tools and aspects - Business Systems are the focus.

Once composed mostly of static pages focusing on ISO 9001 and QS-9000, the Elsmar Cove forum is now the main focus of the Elsmar Cove site and the breadth of topics has significanly widened to address many more business / manufacturing system and standards compliance issues. ISO 9001:2015, AS9100:2016 Rev. D, Six Sigma, Lean, and Quality Assurance tools are only a few of the topics discussed. From manufacturing to training discussions, there's a lot in the forums. While the initial focus of the site included automotive's QS-9000 and ISO9001, that focus has broadened to include the new IATF 16949 (formerly TS 16949) and much more. We have also broadened the site to address ISO 13485 (Medical Devices), ISO 17025 (Calibration and test laboratories), ISO 14001 (the 'Environmental' standard) and numerous other business standards. Several thousand professionals from all over the world meet in the forum every day during the work week.

One on the nice things about the Elsmar Cove is there is a lot of free information, free forms and free example quality manuals, Gage R&R spreadsheets, various document example templates and other things you would pay for at many sites. Some files are Attachments to Forum Posts in the forums (Look for this symbol Free manuals, templates and forms in forum thread listings) and some are in the 'Free Files Directory'.

Several other areas of focus include the requirements of ISO 17025 (Calibration and Test Laboratories) and ISO 13485 (Medical Devices). If you're in need of information about ISO 9001 (often referred to as ISO9001, ISO9000 or ISO 9000), IATF 16949, AS9100, ISO 14001 or other business standard, you're at the right place. We eat, sleep and breath business standards.

If you need something and you can't find it (or if what you're looking for isn't already here), if you ask someone will typically help out by pointing you to an existing document here or attaching what you're looking for in a post. This is a site where you find People Helping People through sharing and online discussions.

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