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John C
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posted 24 October 2000 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John C   Click Here to Email John C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems the coming thing, is the integration of ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and Health & Safety OHSAS 18001 in one documented system. On top of that, I've got a prospective client who wants me to maintain his ISO 9k system and review his compliance to EN 46002/ISO 13485. (medical manufacturing standard)
Things seem to be moving quickly. I wonder how many standards we are going to be dealing with? Does anyone have a list? Also, has anyone experience or comment about integrating several standards?
My first thought is that there should be just one policy. I guess the 'quality manual' would now become a general compliance manual, describing and indexing how we comply with our policy, our business objectives and whatever standards we are concerned with. Procedures would include requirements related to all standards, etc. It seems simple enough but maybe there's more to it than is immediately obvious. Any ideas?
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Roger Eastin
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posted 24 October 2000 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Eastin   Click Here to Email Roger Eastin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe it's a little premature now, but I suspect that a new forum will be created on "Integrated Systems". As you said, ISO9000 and ISO14000 are becoming more integrated. We haven't heard as much about OHSAS 18001, but it may well be integrated as well. I think that companies will embrace this as well as auditing costs get higher for each new standard that comes along. This one may well be driven by companies and their cost considerations as much as anything. Our company in the not-so-distant future will be having both our QS9K and ISO14001 audit done at the same time by UL. We are also combining our internal audits. I think this is the future trend for many reasons.

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David Mullins
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posted 24 October 2000 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Mullins   Click Here to Email David Mullins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
integrate, combine, amalgamate....YEP!

Set up your quality system first and then include safety and environmental (or vice versa), as you need the doc control, training, records, auditing, etcetera, anyway. You can do the reverse, but without sufficient foresight you usually have to re-jig your document system.

There aren't that many standards to cope with. Try Defense and aerospace and see how many standards you have to contend with!


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