Resource = A stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively.
Resources in ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard refers to people (human resources), infrastructure, environment, monitoring and measuring resources (such as monitoring and measuring equipment) and organizational knowledge, necessary for the effective implementation of organization's QMS, operation and control of organization's processes, so that product/service conformity is achieved.
Someone asked me about resource validation in ISO 9001:2015 QMS. I just thought what is the purpose of resources in the QMS. Resources are necessary for the effective implementation of organization's QMS, operation and control of organization's processes, so that product/service conformity is achieved. The second thought that drive my attention is the term validation. Validation is a term that is used for confirmation, through the provision of objective evidence that the requirements for a specific intended use or application have been fulfilled (3.8.13 - ISO 9000:2015).
Validation = the action of checking or proving the validity, fitness or accuracy of something
Validation = the action of making or declaring something legally or officially acceptable
Validation = Recognition or affirmation that a person or their opinions are worthwhile
Although the term 'resource validation' does not appear in clause 7 of the ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard, however we need to carry out resource validation by ensuring specifically that (i) human resources are competent for which we need to fulfill the requirements mentioned in clause 7.2 of ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard, and (ii) monitoring and measuring resources are suitable for their purpose for which we need to carry out calibration/verification as per clause 7.1 of ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard.
- Keshav Ram Singhal