Making Use of ISO Quality Standards in America


Wadsworth, Harrison M.   (1989, ASQC)   Georgia Institute of Tech., Atlanta, GA

Annual Quality Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    Vol. 43    No. 0
QICID: 3563    May 1989    pp. 189
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Article Abstract

ASQC takes an active part in the development and application of international standards. The ASQC chairs and US Technical Advisory Groups ("TAGs") of two ISO committees:

  1. ISO TC 69 on Applied Statistical Methods
  2. ISO TC 176 on Quality Assurance. ASQC members are also active on committees of the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC).A major international development has been the publication in 1987 of ISO Standards 9000, 9001, 9002, 9003, and 9004, Quality Management and Quality Assurance Standards. These standards have already been adopted as national standards by most industrialized countries. In the United States the series has been issued as the ANSI/ASQC Q90-94 Series.

    The ISO Standards Series 9000 promises to have a significant impact upon international trade by providing a recognized and accepted basis for registering quality systems as evidence that the requirements of the ISO standard have been met. The ASQC is serving an active role in this significant and expanding field. The standard series also should contribute to harmonization of procedures for auditing factory quality control systems.

    ISO TC-69 and ISO TC-176 are active international committees that are currently developing other valuable tools, such as a service quality standard. IEC committees are similarly contributing to the field; for example, the IEC assessment system for electronic components is a major international product certification plan that is fully operational.

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