Clearview National November 2015 - Issue 168 - Page 18

INDUSTRYNEWS Revised Quality Management Systems standard now available »»ISO 9001, the most widelyadopted quality management systems standard has undergone its first major revision since 2000 to incorporate changes made following feedback from users and experts around the world. Terms crucial to understanding ISO 9001 are defined in ISO 9000*, which has also been revised, with both standards published on 23 September. Since 2000, the way we do business has changed enormously. We have instant access to information and higher expectations of organisations we work with, whilst having to deal with more complex supply chains and a globally competitive economy. ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to take this into account. Some of the key changes include: • Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organisation’s particular needs • A requirement that those at the top of an organisation be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy • Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement • Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organisation can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in • Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text ‘the way we do business has changed enormously’ Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development for Governance and Resilience at BSI, said: “The importance of achieving, maintaining and improving quality within organisations, cannot be emphasised enough. As supply chains become more complex and productivity levels increase, so does the need to ensure all contributing elements are operating to the highest standard. ISO 9001 is the world’s most used management system standard for good reason.” To order, visit ISO9001 Strengthening a relationship further »»Quickslide has signed a supply contract with Edgetech for its TruPlas rigid spacer as part of the fabricator’s ongoing programme of consolidating its suppliers for greater consistency, value and access to innovation. Chairman Adrian Barraclough explained: “We have been consciously reducing the number of our suppliers for 18 months now so that we can work more closely and effectively with each of them as well as draw more products from them making the relationship far more beneficial for both parties. It is not so much about the best deal but the best decision for the business when it comes to matters such as product quality, innovation and consistent pricing. “It means that we are at the front of a queue when new products are launched and tested and the TruPlas spacer bar is a prime example of this. We have always manufactured with a rigid spacer bar because it suits our product 18 » N OV 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M and manufacturing techniques and when TruPlas was launched, it was only natural that we should be among the first to take it on.” The move to further strengthen relationships with key suppliers is an extension of Quickslide’s philosophy of carrying out as many processes as possible in house, bringing benefits like greater control of efficiency, consistency and quality control. Adrian added that Quickslide already has a number of long-term supply partnerships in place with companies and will be looking to implement more in the near future: “Our suppliers benefit from the confidence that our relationship is long term. Such a structured approach to procurement means that we can pass on the benefits directly to our customers as consistency, cost-effectiveness and minimised returns so in the long run everyone benefits.”