ISO9001 and the required Documents and Records
As we have worked through all of the clauses within ISO9001 in this blog series we have highlighted a number of areas where you need a document or need to be keeping a record of things, but to be fair, it may be hard to keep track and to be honest with so
It's not unusual for people to believe that absolutely everything needs to be documented, controlled, reviewed, copied, stored and
The new 2015 revision of ISO9001 is far less prescriptive and demanding in terms of documentation,
Remember that your Quality Manage System is only any use if it's actively getting people interacting and using it, that includes those within your organisation and other stakeholders like your customers and your suppliers. Having mammoth mountains of needless paperwork that lives on a shelf isn't going to do this and is certainly one reason many organisations are looking to more integrated online systems such as Mango for example.
We have broken all the requirements down for you in terms of the must-have (required) documents and records and the optional documents and records that may make sense for you to have that tie into ISO9001:2015, remember any time ISO9001:2015 says SHALL what it means is you have no option, that's what creates the mandatory documents and records.
You may, of course, decide that you need additional lower level Standard Operating Procedures or training material to support your organisation and that is perfectly ok as well, just remember, less is more, so if you can't explain it in a few pages consider breaking it into smaller parts or go back again and ensure you really understand it.
To help you along then we thought why don't we just create a simple checklist that you can use to ensure you have things in place for all those mandatory documents and files and understand what is really optional, so that's what we did, and you can download it below for free, help yourself!
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