No Joking Matter

Abstract:Quality management systems (QMS) and more specifically, the standards that regulate QMS, are often misunderstood. Without transparent statistics, it's difficult to gauge how organizations benefit from following these standards, or even how much benefit is gained. Studies show that following standards such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 is beneficial for organizations in the manufacturing sector, but benefits to other fields remains questionable. Financial gains for organizations adhering to these standards are even less …

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Table 1 lists QS 9000 and ISO/TS 16949 as automotive quality standards. I am surprised that the QP editorial staff allowed this to appear without comment. QS9000 is obsolete. ISO/TS 16949 is being phased out in favor of IATF 16949 and will be withdrawn on 9/14/18.
--Fred Czubak, 01-16-2018

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