My company recently merged with two other divisions. Then as one company, 4 divisons were set up. One group, (the division Im with in our current building) will be the only group that will continue with our ISO certification. There are 3 departments that we had that now fall under corporate office, HR, IT, and Acct and not under our division. Though they will still staff employees in our building, and we will continue to deposit training records with HR, we will continue using a software program, (tool, maintained by IT) for Inspection receiving records, the question has come up as to include these departments in our internal audits.
Because they are corporate and do not fall under ISO any more,
should they be disregarded, or is there an element that still may apply.
I would like to see what response others may have on this?
It is incumbent on the registered organization to meet the “shalls” in the standard. It makes no difference whether you, or someone else actually does the work. ISO 9001 doesn’t care who performs the activity. The activity must be under control. Look at the HQ as a vendor, and the requirement as “outsourced”. One company I worked with outsourced their sales to another company. During the audit, they had to ensure all the required records were available for auditing. I think the same thing would apply to you.
M Greenaway and others thanks for your replys,
Yes, the cert is issued to the site only and will continue that away.
The 2 departments here claim now they are corporate, they dont have to and dont want to be audited. Others within the company here believe they should be included. Our audit comes up in July so may have to see what the auditor has to say about the situation. One way to learn.
We are hoping the other sites will continue with there documentation and following procedures, though I can see that slowly going away as time goes by.
Anyway, again thank you for responses.