LRQA conducted a full system audit of Siemon’s Watertown, Connecticut headquarters, as well as the company’s locations in Chertsey, UK; Brno, Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tijuana, Mexico.
The ISO 9001 Standard defines best practices of a quality management system for the design, manufacturing, installation and services provided by an organisation. The 2015 revision of the Standard was released by the International Standards Organisation last September after more than three years of revision work by experts.
The new requirements have a stronger emphasis on leadership and management commitment, including actively engaging and taking accountability for the effectiveness of the management systems, and focus on objectives as drivers for improvement and to measure, monitor and analyse performance.
“We have always aligned both our QMS and our EMS with our business strategy so when the new ISO standard was released Siemon had a significant advantage with many of the systems requirements already in place. After a rigorous review, we only needed to slightly refine some practices and update documentation,” explains Siemon director for continuous improvement Lou Beres.
“For example, our system requirements apply to all Siemon employees and are not limited to manufacturing, and we have mature management systems that are based on a ‘plan-do-check-act’ continuous improvement process. We also have systems already in place to understand and align our processes with economic and environmental developments, technology innovations, regulatory developments, organisational culture and changing societal needs.”
The new ISO 9001:2015 Standard replaces previous editions and companies looking to achieve recertification will have three years to comply with the new standards.