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ISO/DIS 9001 - PLANNING FOR THE QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Quality objectives, planning to achieve them, planning of changes
Keshav Ram Singhal
Quality objectives and planning to achieve them
As per the requirements of ISO/DIS 9001, the organization is required to establish (set up, install or create) quality objectives at relevant functions, levels and processes, and such objectives must consider applicable requirements and must also be: (i) consistent with the quality policy, (ii) measurable, (iii) relevant to conformity of products and services, (iv) relevant to the enhancement of customer satisfaction, (v) monitored, (vi) communicated, and (vii) updated, as appropriate. The organization is also required to retain documented information on quality objectives.
As per requirements of ISO/DIS 9001, to achieve the quality objectives, the organization is required to determine:
- ways, procedures or processes,
- resources needed,
- responsible personnel,
- completion time,
- ways, procedures or processes to evaluate results.
Quality objectives are the basis of improvement and growth of the organization. Quality objectives must be in line with the quality policy of the organization. These should be measurable, so that organization's performance can be evaluated. The quality objectives must be appropriate or closely connected to conformity of products and services and also to the customer satisfaction enhancement. The organization must observe and check the progress of quality objectives over a period of time. There must be a systematic review of quality objectives and updated, as appropriate. Quality objectives must be communicated within the organization, so that the responsible personnel can take appropriate actions. It would be better if SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) quality objectives are set and regularly monitored. An organization can define in process monitoring and output measures. In this regard, following action plan can be useful:
- Establish quality objectives at relevant functions, levels and processes
- Ensure that quality objectives are consistent with quality policy, measurable and relevant to conformity of products and services as well as to the customer satisfaction
- Determine ways, procedures or processes to achieve the quality objectives, resource needs, responsible personnel, completion time and procedures to evaluate results
- Communicate within the organization established quality objectives, monitoring and evaluating methods
- Update, as appropriate, quality objectives from time to time
- Monitor and evaluate quality objectives as per determined procedure
Planning of changes
Monitoring quality management system performance may provide opportunities for improvement, change or innovation and whenever it is established the need for change to the quality management system, the organization is required to carry out the same in a planned and systematic manner. In this regard, the organization must consider: (i) the purpose of change and any of its potential consequences, (ii) quality management system's integrity, (iii) available resources, and (iv) the allocation/reallocation of responsibilities and authorities.