Musings from the road

May 1, 2014 4:31 pm Published by

We’re on the road. A lot. From on-site visits to in-house training, our team gets a lot of questions about management standards and how those standards are changing to reflect new ways of doing business. Here’s what they’re hearing:

Sue: “I have taught classes recently for several different clients spanning form ISO 9K to 14K to AS 9100. One of the most prevalent topics out there is information about the changes going on with the standards. The advice I would give is to continue developing, implementing and sustaining your current systems to the standards that are approved. I caution folks to not make changes to their systems based on rumors. At present NO information that is circulating is approved.”

Roy: “As a participating member of the US TAG to TC 176, I also continually get questions about the changes that will be made to the 2015 version. I can say for certain that we do not even have a draft of the new standard as yet. The only thing we know for sure is that the platform for all future standards updates will be Annex SL. My advice is for management reps to become familiar with that document but please DO NOT make any changes to your system at this time. Continue to follow our website for the latest information. Because we are members of the US TAG we will be among the first to know anything solid. So stay tuned. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter if you haven’t already, and we’ll share the latest news with you.”      

Beth: “A frequently asked question is, ‘How do I know I’m using the latest standard?’ Watch the D’Ardenne Associates newsletter or blog to keep track of what is happening to the various standards, what is being added or changed to the various standards and when they will be becoming into effect and be approved for use. If you are unsure as to what is the latest standard, just contact Roy, Sue or me to make sure you are using the latest version. The ISO 13485 standard is changing as well as the ISO 9001 standard. It is anticipated that the new ISO 13485 standard will be published early next year.”

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