ISO9001-2015 & Technology

When your ISO auditor visits your company, they will want to see your Quality Manual.  They will want to see your procedures and they will want to see proof that you follow those procedures.

Using Paper

You will need to print out a copy of your Quality Manual for them to see.

You will need to be able to show them all of your documented procedures and policies.  That means, you will need to know where to find them.

You will need to be able to show them that you follow those procedures.  That means you will need signatures to prove that all the steps were completed.

You will need to be able to show them the documents [including drawings] that were completed.  They will need to see all of their versions and signatures.

Using Technology

There are many software packages that simplify the paper process.  They should be able to deliver the following.

You may or may not need to print out a copy of your Quality Manual for them to see since they can view it online.

You will be able to show them all of your documented procedures and policies online.  They can be found with a simple computer search.  They will be able to see the different versions and how those versions came about.

You will be able to prove to them that you follow those procedures by viewing the appropriate workflow.  The workflow will show who did what, where and when and the electronic signatures for each of the steps.

You will be able to show them the documents [including drawings] that were completed at each step in the workflow including versions and signatures.

Technology will reduce the audit times drastically like from 5 days to 5 hours.  Without it, you may need to hire a person to manage the whole thing.

ISO Compliance

ISO9001-2015 compliance is a win/win.  It should make your company more profitable and it should increase business.  It is well worth the effort.

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