ASQ - Energy and Environmental Division

For the second year in a row, the ASQ Energy and Environmental Division has partnered with the ASQ Headquarters Education Department to present the foremost conference in the nation on ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 implementation and use. Next March, the ISO conference will convene a stellar technical program at the new Marriott Hotel in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. ASQ is the acknowledged source for quality management concepts and practices in the United States, and EED is recognized widely as a force in the development of environmental management standards and tools. Together, ASQ and EED are bringing to a single venue the latest information on these standards and their use. Many of the speakers at the conference are among the leaders of the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 standards development.

The conference will cover current and emerging issues in a unique format that allows managers and practitioners to attend a program focused on ISO 9000 or ISO 14000 or both. Tiered pricing reflects these choices.

The ISO 9000 technical program begins on Tuesday, March 12, and includes sessions in four tracks addressing Auditing, Management Review, Preventive Action, and Transitions. The keynote speakers are Kathy Harvey and Don Dees of DaimlerChrysler, speaking on the future state of quality at DaimlerChrysler. Presentations will include the following topics:

  • Putting an End to the Paper Trail
  • ISO 9000 as a Vehicle for Improvement
  • Customer Satisfaction Monitoring and Measurement for Government Contractors
  • Documenting Management: Controlling the Uncontrollable
  • How to Minimize Nonconformities During the First ISO 9001:2000 Transition Audit
  • Linking Management Review to Continual Improvement
  • ISO Clause Exclusions
  • ISO/TS 16949 International Automotive Guideline
  • Healthcare International Workshop Agreement

On Wednesday afternoon, March 13, the conference offers a half-day common interest program that addresses subjects common to quality and environmental management systems in four tracks, including Auditing Issues, Conformity Assessment, Aligning Your Quality Management System (QMS) and EMS, and Management Issues. Presentations will include the following:

  • ISO 19011: Guidelines on Auditing QMS and EMS
  • Interpretations of QMS and EMS Standards: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
  • Implementing an ISO EMS in an ISO 9002/QS 9000 Facility
  • Auditor Competencies for Combined QMS/EMS Audits
  • Auditor Competency for Internal Audits
  • Assessing Data and Information Quality for EMS and QMS

The ISO 14000 technical program begins on Thursday, March 14, and includes four tracks, encompassing EMS in Government, ISO 14001 Implementation, Management Systems Integration, and ISO 14001/ISO 14004 Transitions. Jim Connaughton, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), will be unable to provide the keynote address due to a scheduling conflict; however, it is anticipated that the keynote speaker will be a senior federal environmental executive from CEQ. Presentations will include the following:

  • ISO 14001/ISO 14004 Revisions Update
  • ISO 14001 and Responsible Care Certification
  • Greening Government: A Status Report on Executive Order 13148
  • ISO 14001—Critical Success Factors in EMS Development
  • Integrating Quality, Environmental, and Health and Safety Management Systems
  • Environmental Communication—A New International Standard
  • Making EMSs Work in the Public Sector: The National Biosolids Partnership Program for Public Utilities
  • Using Root Cause Analysis to Prevent Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety Problems

During the four days of this conference, 68 sessions will be offered. Exhibitors of QMS and EMS products and services will be present and available for "one-stop shopping" during breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks. The conference also offers four post-conference courses to augment the discussions presented during the week. The courses are as follows:

  • ISO 9001:2000 Customer Satisfaction Compliance
  • Preparing the Service Organization for ISO 9000
  • Implementing ISO 14000
  • Integrating ISO 14001 and ISO 9001

The ISO conference offers a unique opportunity to learn about ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14000 implementation and at a bargain price as compared with other conferences on this subject. To learn more about the conference or to register online, go to and click on "Conferences." For any questions about the conference, please call ASQ at (800)-248-1946.

We hope to see you in Indianapolis in March!

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