ISO 9001: 2008 for an educational institute (V.N.BIMS)
What is ISO?
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, at present comprising 140 members, one in each country. The object of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The results of ISO technical work are published as International Standards. In brief words: - The official title for the International Organization for Standardization It is derived from the Greek isos, meaning-“equal”, which is the root of the prefix “iso”. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO. This is the meaning. ISO Background:
The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. In February 1947 the new organization, ISO, officially began operations. Since then, they have published over 19500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. Today they have members from 165 countries and 3368 technical bodies to take care of standard development. More than 150 people work full time for ISO’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO Mission
To develop and promote common standards worldwide to foster the international exchange of goods and services. What are ISO standards?
A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. ISO published over 19500 International Standards that can be purchased from the ISO store or from their members. Some of the popular standards are: ISO 9000-Quality management: - Make sure your products and services meet customers' needs with this family of standards. ISO 14000-Environmental management: - Improve your environmental performance with this family of standards. ISO 3166 - Country codes: - Avoid confusion when referring to countries and their subdivisions with this standard. ISO 22000 - Food safety management: - Inspire confidence in your food products with this family of standards. ISO 26000 - Social responsibility: - Help your organization to operate in a socially responsible way with this standard. ISO 50001 - Energy management: - Make energy savings and help make your organization more efficient with this standard. What is ISO 9000 family?
The ISO 9000 family of standards represents an international consensus on good management practices with the aim of ensuring that the organization can time and time again deliver the product or services that meet the client’s quality requirements. These good practices have been distilled into a set of standardized requirements for a quality management system, regardless of what your organization does, its size, or whether it is in the private, or public sector. The family of ISO 9000 standards has been developed by ISO and it is made up of four core standards:
a) ISO 9000:2005 – Fundamentals and Vocabulary
b) ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management Systems – Requirements c) ISO 9004:2009– Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for performance improvements d) ISO 19011: 2011 – Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing What is ISO 9001:2008?
ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact ISO over one million companies and organizations in...
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