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Improve your ISO 9001 Quality Management System

Congratulations on completing your ISO 9001 Quality Management System design and documentation! This is a good time to celebrate, and to communicate appreciation and kudos to everyone involved!

The next step in your project is to use and improve your ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

  1. Follow documented procedures and work instructions
    Everyone in your organization should be performing processes following your documented procedures and work instructions, complying with the ISO 9001 Quality Management System requirements.
  2. Make improvements to the processes
    Many of these procedures may be new to your organization, or have changed significantly during your ISO 9001 project. Now that they are actually in use, you will most likely find areas that can be improved. Make improvements using the Corrective and Preventive Action process and the document revision process.
  3. Conduct Internal Audits
    Schedule internal audits to cover all areas of the organization before your Registration Audit. Allow time to take corrective action on any findings. A robust and effective internal audit program is one of the best tools to finding and correcting shortcomings in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System before your Registration Audit.
  4. Hold frequent Management Review meetings
    Management Review is another key factor in getting the new ISO 9001 Quality Management System ready for a Registration Audit. Review information from Internal Audits, Corrective and Preventive Action and results of measuring and monitoring of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Initiate corrective actions and preventive actions to fix problems and make improvements to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
  5. Keep records
    During the Registration Audit, the auditor will be looking for eidence that you are complying with the requirements of ISO 9001 and of your ISO 9001 Quality Management System. This evidence is in the form of records that you generate as you run your ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Be sure that you are following all of the records requirements that you set up in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Run your system for several months before your Registration Audit so there are sufficient records for the auditor to evaluate.

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