News and Commentary on ISO Management System Standards

Dr John FitzGerald

Director & Founder of deGRANDSON Global. Spent 15 years in the manufacturing industry and 25 years training, consulting & auditing management systems
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01 Jun 2023

ISO Certification Body - time for a change?

It isn’t just about getting an ISO Certificate.  Your organisation needs to get value from the Certification Body Audits and, if you don’t, move to another Certification Body. We at deGRANDSON Global are regularly asked about a policy for changing Certification Bodies.  Certification Body (CB) contracts are of three years duration.  This is the universal norm.  Unfortunately, many organisations ...
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30 May 2023

ISO 13485 Certification soon to be a worldwide regulatory requirement

  While ISO 13485 certification is currently not a requirement in many countries, it is rapidly becoming a de facto worldwide regulatory requirement.
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25 May 2023

ISO Auditor Certification boosts your job prospects

  What will get you noticed?  And help ensure you will be selected when a new opportunity arises. What will differentiate you from others come promotion time? One of the answers to these headline questions is having an ISO Auditor Certification.  Whether it was obtained because an employer asked you to take the training or it was an achievement you sought out and paid for yourself (easy with ...
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23 May 2023

ISO 14001 and achieving Net Zero

The continual improvement of an Environmental Management System offers a progressive, effective, and affordable way to eliminate your organisation’s impact on Planet Earth. As the world grapples with climate change, businesses and organisations are under increasing pressure to address their environmental impact. One way to do this is by implementing an environmental management system (EMS) that ...
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16 May 2023

Measuring Information Security Effectiveness - ISO/IEC 27004:2016

ISO 27001 is of little help In deciding what to monitor and measure regarding your Information Security Management System (ISMS), ISO 27001 specifies no mandatory requirements (as emphasised in our ISO 27001 training courses). Thankfully, ISO 27004 provides guidelines and principles for measuring and reporting the effectiveness of an organisation's ISMS. The standard helps organisations to ...
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11 May 2023

Is ISO 9001 Certification still relevant in 2023?

"But, are you Certified to ISO 9001?" The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the ISO 9001 standard to help organisations establish and maintain a quality management system (QMS). The standard specifies the requirements for a QMS that an organisation must meet to be certified as ISO 9001 compliant. Over the years, the ISO 9001 certification has been recognised as a mark ...
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09 May 2023

ISO 13485: Critical Subcontractors & Crucial Suppliers

    What suppliers to the Medical Device Sector need to know EU Regulations, EN Standards, Notified Body activities (including Surprise/Unannounced Audits), UK Regulations post-Brexit, MDSAP – all are changes that will impact your company’s Medical Device Management System (MDMS).  What strategy should you, as a supplier to the sector, adopt to implementing the ISO 13485 Standard and to ...
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04 May 2023

Checking the Effectiveness of Corrective Action

All ISO Management System Standards require that the effectiveness of Corrective Action be checked.  It's rarely done well.  Let's take ISO 9001:2015 as an example. ISO 9001:2015 Clause 10.2, Nonconformity and Corrective Action, requires that when a nonconformity occurs, including those arising from complaints, the organisation shall "review the effectiveness of any corrective action taken".  ...
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03 May 2023

Affordable ISO Auditor Training Online

    Self-paced on-demand Courses from an ISO 21001 accredited Provider Many HR executives, QHSE managers and consultants have great difficulty in sourcing suitable ISO training courses for colleagues or for themselves. This is especially true when the standard of interest is other than ISO 9000 or ISO 14001, and you seek a Lead Auditor Programme.  deGRANDSON's Online auditor training offers many ...
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18 Apr 2023

ISO 14001 EMS Auditor Training and Certification online

An introduction to our choice of Online ISO 14001 Courses and our e-Learning methods.   We've updated this video for the revised Environmental Management System Standard (ISO 14001:2015) and our current offering of seven ISO 14001 Courses.  
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