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Standards provide organizations with the shared vision, understanding, procedures, and vocabulary needed to meet the expectations of their stakeholders. Because standards present precise descriptions and terminology, they offer an objective and authoritative basis for organizations and consumers around the world to communicate and conduct business.
Who uses standards?
Organizations turn to standards for guidelines, definitions, and procedures that help them achieve objectives such as:
- Satisfying their customers’ quality requirements
- Ensuring their products and services are safe
- Complying with regulations
- Meeting environmental objectives
- Protecting products against climatic or other adverse conditions
- Ensuring that internal processes are defined and controlled
Use of standards is voluntary, but may be expected by certain groups of stakeholders. Additionally, some organizations or government agencies may require suppliers and partners to use a specific standard as a condition of doing business.
|Quality Management||ISO 9000
|Environmental Management||ISO 14000
|Social Responsibility||ISO 26000|
|Sampling||Z1.4 & Z1.9|
What's new in standards?
The 2015 revisions of ISO 9001, the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems, and ISO 9000, which provides the fundamental concepts, principles, and vocabulary for quality management systems, are now available. Purchase ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9000:2015, and learn more about the ISO 9000 family of standards.
ISO 14001:2015: Environmental management systems--Requirements with guidance for use
The 2015 revision of ISO 14001, the international standard that specifies requirements for environmental management systems, is now available. Purchase the American National Standard version, and learn more about ISO 14001:2015.
Keep Calm and Prepare for ISO 9001:2015
In this Quality Progress article (open access) standards experts provide basic analysis and map out five key changes included in ISO 9001:2015 to make sense of what they mean, what your organization must do to meet the new requirements, and resources available to help you navigate the transition.
Why are standards important?
For businesses: Standards are important to the bottom line of every organization. The most successful companies recognize standards as business tools that should be managed right alongside their quality, safety, intellectual property, and environmental policies. Standardization leads to lower costs by reducing redundancy, minimizing errors, and reducing time to market.
For the global economy: Businesses and organizations complying to standards helps products, services, and personnel cross borders and also ensures that products manufactured in one country can be sold and used in another. Trade between countries becomes easier and fairer when everyone plays by the same rule book.
For consumers: Many standards provide safeguards for users of products and services, but standardization can also make consumers’ lives simpler. A product or service based on an international standard will be compatible with more products or services worldwide, which increases the number of choices available across the globe.
Why standards from ASQ?
ASQ and its family of companies play a vital role in the development of international standards. ASQ’s role is to administer the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) that develop the most popular standards—ISO 9001, ISO 19011, ISO 26000, and ISO 14001.
Additionally, ASQ produces books, articles, case studies, webcasts, training, and other supporting materials for individuals and organizations looking to improve their use of and compliance to standards.
Lastly, the ASQ family of companies includes accreditation leaders ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board—ANAB, ACLASS, and FQS–and Exemplar Global. These organizations assess and accredit certification bodies, personal competency certificates, and international standards.