Volume 8 · Issue 6 · May 2003
Have You Overcome Two Challenges to "QMS Thinking"?
Why have organizations been slow in transitioning? There are two challenges
with ISO 9001:2000s use that may be holding them back: less than
effective communication about, and promotion of, the value and benefits
to Top Management of transitioning to ISO 9001:2000; the inability of
those responsible for a QMS to design, sustain and improve that system
so it is elegantthat is, simple but usefulto those who need
to use it to gain that value and benefits. As a result, it is difficult
to revise those QMSs to make them elegant without expending a great deal
of resources. The goal must therefore be to overcome these challenges
and obtain elegant QMSs. Included in this report are facts about the two
challenges and their impact, an examination of 8 reasons why organizations
register to ISO 9001 and why they should, some questions you need to ask
yourself about QMS registration and maintenance and excerpts from some
discussions about transition issues.