ISO 9000

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ISO 9000

A set of international standards for both quality management and quality assurance that has been adopted by over 90 countries worldwide. The ISO 9000 standards apply to all types of organisations, large and small, and in many industries.

The standards require: standard language for documenting quality processes; system to manage evidence that these practices are instituted throughout an organisation; and third-party auditing to review, certify, and maintain certification of organisations. The ISO 9000 series classifies products into generic product categories: hardware, software, processed materials, and services.

Documentation is at the core of ISO 9000 conformance. In fact, the standards have been paraphrased as:

"Say what you do. Do what you say. Write it down."

In Britain it is associated with BS5750 which may become obsolete.

["The ISO 9000 Guide," c. 1993 Interleaf, Inc].

ISO 9000

A family of standards and guidelines for quality in the manufacturing and service industries. ISO 9000 defines the criteria for what should be measured. ISO 9001 covers design and development. ISO 9002 covers production, installation and service, and ISO 9003 covers final testing and inspection. ISO 9000 certification does not guarantee product quality. It ensures that the processes that develop the product are documented and performed in a quality manner.

First Popular in Europe
Initially popular in Europe, ISO 9000 certification began to increase in the U.S. in the early 1990s. Certification requires exacting documentation and demonstrations in practice over time. The process, which can take up to a year, involves two major players in addition to the company being certified. A consultant provides (and may help implement) a plan for documenting the company's ISO system. Once documented, a registrar interviews the company's management and line staff to make sure that the new system, as documented, has been effectively implemented. Only a few dozen companies worldwide are authorized to conduct such audits for the issuance of ISO 9000 certificates. See ISO 9000-3 and ISO.
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Indeed in the early 1990s it was evident that micro firms in general believed that they would not be affected by pressure from suppliers regarding BS 5750 quality certification (Small Business Research Trust, 1992).
The 1994 LCCI survey[15] of 237 companies reported that 74 per cent of service firms and 57 per cent of manufacturers believed that BS 5750 certification had increased their competitive advantage.
The experience of a catering group with a strong identification with BS 5750 backed by a more specific quality self-assessment is the subject of Chapter 12, while the last of the case studies (Chapter 13) evaluates quality in the Tussaud's group.
In the case of BS 5750 it is possible for individual departments to apply for recognition and in a number of cases, especially where the LIS was part of another department, the organisation had made the decision about which departments or functions should pursue BS 5750.
These standards are identical with the series DIN ISO 9000 and BS 5750.
In order to control the increase of different types of quality system standards and to reduce the multiple assessments, the British Standards Institution (BSI) eventually developed the military standards into BS 5750 series (Parts 1, 2 and 3: 1979).
BS 5750 systems are in place in DBC branches with Birmingham receiving it's certificate this year.
Nutriblend is now well on its way to being able to apply for BS 5750 accreditation by the end of the year.
Tacolin has been accredited to BS 5750 and ISO 9002 since May 1990; all systems and procedures are continuously monitored by the O.
ACS&T was certified under quality standard BS 5750 (ISO 9002+E) a year ago, and is going for BS 7750 -- for which standards haven't even been announced yet.
The framework for ISO 9000 was based upon an earlier British series of quality standards known as BS 5750.
Within the UK construction industry, efforts have been made to introduce Quality Assurance programmes and schemes, especially since the introduction of BS 5750 in 1979, the National Quality Campaign in 198311] and the BSI Quality Assessment schedule for civil and structural design[2].