ASQ - Energy and Environmental Division

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) and its Energy and Environmental Division (EED) will present the 10th ASQ ISO 9000/ISO 14000 Conference in Dallas, Tex., on March 10–11, 2003. The conference will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Dallas and will be concurrent with the U.S. Standards Group Meeting on ISO 9000 and ISO 14000.The focus of the ISO conference is on the transition from ISO 9001:1994 Quality Management Systems (QMS) to the new ISO 9001:2000 standard. Certificate holders under the 1994 standard must convert their registrations to the 2000 version before the end of 2003, or lose their certification. The conference will offer a Number of presentations intended to aid organizations in making effective transitions, including

  • Effective Transition from ISO 9001:1994 to ISO 9001:2000,ISO 9001:2000 Internal Audit Program Enhancement,Experience from a Company with Multiple Sites,A Four-Stage Transition Process,Measuring Knowledge Work and Customer Satisfaction, and
  • Transitions for Small-to-Medium Businesses.

Other sessions on ISO 9001–related topics will include the transition from ISO/TS 16949:2002, implementing AS 9100A, and a possible new sector standard for the agricultural industry, AG-9000. Conference sessions will also cover general quality management topics on tools and processes like management review, change management, setting measurable objectives, and rethinking documentation needs.In addition, the conference will provide sessions on using the new auditing standard for QMS and Environmental Management Systems (EMS), ISO 19011:2002, Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing. The impact of this new standard on QMS and EMS registration programs will be explored, as well as the use of combined QMS/EMS audits, and the U.S. supplement to the standard that will provide additional guidance on internal and supplier audits and on their use by small organizations.As part of the conference EMS track, one session will explore the limitations of self-declaration of conformance, particularly when the EMS is not based on ISO 14001. Another session on Responsible Care® 14001 will provide a comprehensive description of this new, unique certification program that offers both an ISO 14001 certificate and recognition of conformity with Responsible Care® requirements. The implementation of the program under the auspices of the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) will be discussed, and the role of certification and registration bodies for conformity audits will be described. Responsible Care® 14001 certificates will be valid for three years. The EMS track also continues EED’s commitment to addressing issues relating to integrated management systems with a session on QMS, EMS, and health and safety integration.In addition to the two-day technical program, the Dallas conference offers four postconference courses for more comprehensive presentation of ISO-related subjects. These include

  • Integrating IS O14001 and ISO 9001;ISO 9001:2000 Customer Satisfaction Compliance;Measurement, Data Analysis, and Continual Improvement; and
  • Integrating ISO 14001 with ISO/TS 16949:2002 Systems.

The Dallas conference provides a unique opportunity for organizations using ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 or planning their use to learn the latest information about these standards in a focused, two-day event of exceptional value. Because the conference is being held at the same time and location as the U.S. Standards Group Meeting, attendees will be able to meet with experts from the U.S. Technical Advisory Group 176 on QMS (ISO 9000) and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group 207 on EMS (ISO 14001), ask specific questions, and gain added perspectives on the standards and their use.

For more information on this conference, including descriptions of each session, please contact ASQ at (800) 248-1946 or (414) 272-8575, or visit www.asq.org and click on "Conferences." You will not find a more comprehensive conference on ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 at a better price anywhere else.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Gary Johnson (U.S. EPA) at (919) 541-7612, johnson.gary@epa.gov.

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