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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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26 Jan 2023

The IAF Logo on ISO 13485 Certificates is essential

The IAF MLA mark is now available to all CABs accredited by The European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) Members, and be recognised and accepted by all 433 IAF members from 72 countries. This is important for medical device manufacturers in countries where their accreditation body is not well known on the world stage. The IAF logo signifies worldwide recognition without any doubt as to ...
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24 Jan 2023

Doing an ISO 14001 Gap Analysis

Whether you are starting from ‘scratch’ or whether you already have an Environmental Management System, a Gap Analysis is essential to establish which are the issues and topics that require correction or improvement, and which may inform your ISO 14001 EMS Implementation Project.
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19 Jan 2023

Information Security Standards other than ISO 27001

  Many data security standards other than ISO 27001 remain in common use Frequently, cyber security standards other than ISO 27001, and the 47+ subsidiary standards of the ISO 27000 series, are incorporated into Information Security Management Systems (ISMSs).  Auditors of ISMS, and those negotiating with customers on information security issues, need knowledge of, and the use/application of, ...
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17 Jan 2023

ISO Internal Audit Programme best practice

Don't waste time and effort on ISO Internal Audits! For many, Internal Audits are a sterile and mandatory drudge, carried out solely to have some records to show an inane internal audit report to the external auditor.  Such audits add no value to the organization for the resources applied. And yet many organizations extract great value from the activity, including monetary value, which will ...
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12 Jan 2023

What Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge does a DPO require?

There is no definitive answer to this question, and the GDPR only provide outline guidance. And there is no nationally or internationally recognized qualification that will make you an expert Data Protection Officer - DPO (regardless of any claims a training provider may make). Here's the situation...
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10 Jan 2023

Why training your ISO Internal Auditors is a ‘Must’

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08 Jan 2023

Why choose online ISO Internal Auditor training?

Online Courses provide the course you want, when you want it, and where you want it.  And the price is right! Whether you are trying to organize a Course for colleagues, or just for yourself, there are six problems regularly encountered by those organizing training in auditing against the requirements of ISO management Standards – ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, etc.  We believe we have the ...
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05 Jan 2023

ISO 9001 Management Review: DOs and DON'Ts

Practical advice on compliance with Clause 9.3 requirements The periodic management system review is an opportunity not to be missed ISO 9001 Clause 9.3.1 requires that  'Top management shall review the organization's quality management system, at planned intervals, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.' Is this just a 'rubber stamp' activity or do you seek to benefit ...
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23 Dec 2022

EMS Consultancy: How to be a successful ISO 14001 Consultant

Could you make a successful career in environmental management consulting? What skills, knowledge & experience are needed? How do I go about it?  What ISO 14001 Training is necessary? Dr John FitzGerald writes: Having worked for 28 years as a management system consultant, I’ve learned a lesson or two (including some bitter ones) on setting up and running a successful consultancy business.  So ...
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18 Dec 2022

deGRANDSON - best choice for online ISO Auditor training

  The reality behind the myths about e-Learning  There's much interest in e-learning these days, but does it work?  What should you expect from a well-designed, well-developed, and well-delivered e-Learning Course? e-Learning had a bad reputation -- and it was mostly justified.  Let's take some recent headline offerings ...
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