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Evolution of ISO 9000

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) began operations in 1947. ISO's mission is:

 

To promote the development of standardization and related activities throughout the world, with a view to facilitating the international exchanges of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

 

In 1987, the ISO released its first core series of five standards on quality assurance: ISO 9000, ISO 9001, ISO 9002, ISO 9003, and ISO 9004. Soon after, countries throughout the world began adopting these standards as their own. Today, more than 150 countries have adopted the ISO 9000 series as national standards.

 

The ISO series of standards are subject of continuous review and development. The objective is to globally review these standards, internationally approve and re-issue as appropriate approximately every 5 years.

 

The series received its first thorough revision in 1994, including such activities as harmonization the Quality System Elements, introducing requirements to refocus systems on supplier-customer relationships, and addressing the issues as a more user friendly language and the `manufacturing only' stigma within the series. Organizations registered to the obsolete 1987 version were required to upgrade their Quality Management Systems to satisfy the revised 1994 version or risk having their certification removed.

 

Year 2000

The ISO 9000:1994 series changed from the former 3 quality system models (ISO 9001, ISO 9002, ISO 9003) to one model (ISO 9001).

This newly revised version was released on December 15, 2000.

 

Many companies as well as government require that their suppliers be registered to a quality system such as ISO 9001 - as a result, registered companies find increased market opportunities. A company exhibiting compliance with 9001-2000 assures that it has a sound quality management system. In addition, ISO 9000 registration is rapidly becoming a must for any company wishing to do business in Europe. There is a growing trend toward universal acceptance of ISO 9000 as an international standard.

 

IS0 9001:2000 allows the Company to decide on what paperwork it retains as "objective evidence" to prove that the Quality System is alive and well. Smaller Companies were previously excluded from Registration to ISO 9000:94 because of the need to have a "Quality" organization established.

ISO 9001:2000 is based on a simpler system of setting business goals including customer expectations and measuring them.

 

Suppliers seeking to meet Certification are companies:

Who adopt the Business approach of the new revision

Planning to improve through setting and measuring goals

Seeking a competitive edge

Wishing to improve Customer Satisfaction

With facilities in the European Union (EU)

Wishing to manufacture in the European Union (EU)

Planning on exporting to the European Union (EU)

 

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