Saturday, April 28, 2007

Quality Terms Related to ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Management System

01. Quality Management System:
Management System to direct and control an organization with regard to quality.

02. Management System:
System to establish policy and objectives and to achieve those objectives

03. System:
Set of interrelated or interacting elements.

04. Quality:
Degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements.

05. Characteristics:
Note 1: A characteristic can be inherent of assigned
Note 2: A characteristic can be qualitative or quantitative
Note 3: There are various classes of characteristic, such as the following:

# physical (e.g. mechanical, electrical, chemical or biological characteristics)
# sensory (e.g. related to smell, touch, taste, sight, hearing)
# behavioural (e.g. courtesy, honesty, veracity)
# temporal (e.g. punctuality, reliability, availability)
# ergonomic (e.g. physiological characteristic, or related to human safety)
# functional (e.g. maximum speed of an aircraft)

06. Quality Characteristic:
Inherent characteristic of a product, process or system related to a requirement.

Note 1: Inherent means existing in something, especially as a permanent characteristic.
Note 2: A characteristic assigned to a product, process or system (e.g. the price of a product, the owner of a product) is not a quality characteristic of that product, process or system.

07. Audit:
Systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled.

Note: Internal audits, sometimes called First Party Audits, are conducted by, or on behalf of the organization itself for internal purposes and can form the basis for an organization’s self-declaration of conformity.

08. External Audit:
Include what are generally termed “Second-party Audits” or “Third-party Audits”.

09. Second-party Audits:
Audits are conducted by parties having an interest in the organization, such as customers, or by other persons on their behalf.

10. Third-party Audits:
Audits are conducted by external independent organizations. Such organizations provide certification or registration of conformity with requirements such as those of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001:1996.

11. Combined Audit:
When quality and environmental management systems are audited together, this is termed as a “Combined Audit”.

12. Joint Audit:
When two or more auditing organizations cooperate to audit a single auditee jointly, this is termed as a “Joint Audit”

13. Audit Programme:
Set of one or more audits planned for a specific time frame and directed towards a specific purpose.

14. Audit Criteria:
Set of policies, procedures or requirements used as a reference.

15. Audit Evidence:
Records, statements of fact or other information which are relevant to the audit criteria and verifiable.

Note: Audit evidence can be qualitative or quantitative.

16. Audit Findings:
Results of the evaluation for the collected audit evidence against audit criteria.

Note: Audit findings can indicate either conformity or nonconformity or nonconformity with audit criteria, or opportunities for improvement.

17. Audit Conclusion:
Outcome of an audit provided by the audit team after consideration of the audit objectives and all audit findings.

18. Audit Client:
Organization or person requesting an audit.

19. Auditee:
Organization being audited.

20. Auditor:
Person with the competence to conduct an audit

21. Audit Team:
One or more auditors conducting an audit.

Note 1: One auditor in the audit team is generally appointed as audit team leader.
Note 2: The audit team can include auditors-in-training and where required, technical experts.
Note 3: Observers can accompany the audit team but do not act as part of it.

22. Technical Expert:
(Audit) Person who provides specific knowledge of or expertise on the subject to be audited.

Note 1: Specific knowledge or expertise includes knowledge of or expertise on the organization, process or activity to be audited, as well as language or cultural guidance.
Note 2: A technical expert does not act as an auditor in the audit team.

23. Competence:
Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills.

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