ISO 9001 Consulting – Can ISO 9001 QMS improve your business?

By | June 6, 2017

ISO 9001 Consulting – Can ISO 9001 QMS improve your business?

The major purpose of your organization is to identify and meet the needs and expectations of its customers and other stakeholders and to gain competitive advantage. To achieve these goals, your primary long-term focus must be to continuously create and add value by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization for the benefit of all relevant stakeholders. One of the strategies you might use to achieve these goals is to employ universally recognized business tools to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its capabilities. ISO 9001 is a widely recognized strategic business management standard that can be used quite effectively to facilitate achievement of these business goals and attain sustained business success .

In previous versions of the ISO 9001 standard, the QMS scope primarily focused on processes that dealt with the provision of products and services to immediate customers. The 2015 version of ISO 9001 broadens the scope to include methodologies and controls that add value by addressing the present and long-term needs and requirements of a broad scope of relevant interested parties and stakeholders.

The QMS you develop for your organization will comprise of interacting processes and activities that address these relevant needs and requirements. Relevancy of the needs of stakeholders and interested parties is determined by the context of the business environment your organization operates in. Contextual factors may include organization structure, employee relations, business location, culture, markets, competition, sources of supply, political and economic, social media and a host of other factors. Relevant stakeholders may include business owners, financial institutions, unions, employees, suppliers, local community organizations, government bodies, etc

The quality of the QMS processes developed to address these stakeholder needs and requirements is determined by the extent they create value by improving (your QMS processes) effectiveness and efficiency. Value is created or enhanced when internal and external stakeholders find increased utility, benefit and satisfaction from the processes, products, services and activities performed and provided by your organization and they are prepared to expand doing business with you versus your competition.

ISO 9001 Consulting – Can ISO 9001 QMS improve your business?

To apply ISO 9001 as a strategic tool as discussed above, you must identify all your organization’s processes and activities that provide such value both strategically and operationally to all relevant stakeholders and interested parties. These processes include sales and marketing; technology; products and services; design and development; corporate environment, structure, culture and governance; legal, financial, product and service realization, delivery and support; facility and work environment; health; safety; security; information systems; asset management, etc.

To improve QMS effectiveness and efficiency we must identify the risks and opportunities associated with each QMS process. These process risks and opportunities must be reviewed taking into consideration the contextual factors affecting them, their impact on process variables such as inputs, outputs, resources, etc, as well as their interaction with other processes and determine appropriate ways to optimize identified risks and exploit opportunities.

The ISO 9001 standard specifies broad requirements and methodologies for managing and controlling QMS processes in terms of addressing risks and exploiting opportunities with sufficient flexibility to tailor and optimize QMS implementation for each organization and achieve desired results.

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ISO 9001 Consulting - Can ISO 9001 QMS improve your business?

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