Here at Exemplar Global’s Auditor Online, we continually strive to bring you interesting information relating to management system auditing.
We can’t cover everything, of course, but thanks to a number of outstanding organizations working within conformity assessment, standards development, research, and media, we don’t have to. There is a wealth of information available to help auditors do their jobs better; here is just a sample of some resources that produce terrific content on a regular basis:
- ANSI. The mission of the American National Standards Institute is to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. business by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and safeguarding their integrity. Has as a wholly owned subsidiary the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the largest accreditation body in North America, which is a non-governmental organization providing accreditation services and training to public- and private-sector organizations, serving the global marketplace.
- ASQ. The sibling company of Exemplar Global, ASQ serves a membership of quality professionals through educational advancement. Also offers Quality Progress, a monthly magazine.
- ISO. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 166 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
- JAS-ANZ. The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand helps markets work better by providing internationally recognized accreditation services that create economic benefit.
- LinkedIn. There are various LinkedIn groups that discuss standards and conformity assessment, including ISO 9001, ISO 9001:2015 – Sistema de Gestão da Qualidade, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, IEC The Electrotechnical Standards Group, International Food Safety & Quality Network, and many more. Note that you’ll need to request membership to most LinkedIn groups. You can visit LinkedIn and search within groups to find a wide range of groups for pretty much every standard, scheme, and sector.
- NIST. The United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology exists to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve the quality of life.
- Quality Digest. An online news and information resource that covers an array of quality management topics, including standards, compliance, metrology, Six Sigma, problem solving, employee participation, customer service, and lean.
- Quality Magazine. Serves the quality assurance and process improvement needs of today’s manufacturing professional, reporting on the use of sound metrology methods, statistical analysis, and process improvement techniques to significantly improve quality on the shop floor and in manufacturing planning.
- Standards Australia. Australia’s leading independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit standards organization; as representatives of ISO and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the are also specialists in the development and adoption of internationally aligned standards within Australia.
You might want to check out and bookmark these sites for yourself if you haven’t done so already.
What are some of your favorite media resources to keep abreast of the latest news and cutting-edge thought in the field? Please let us know in the comments section immediately following this article.