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Implementing ISO 9001 without a Consultant

In these times of tight budgets and cost saving measures, an ISO 9000 Consultant is a luxury that many companies have decided to do without. But how can a Project Manager be responsible for implementing ISO 9001, if they have not done it before?

As an ISO 9001 Consultant myself, I understand the burden that is placed on quality managers and others that are asked to lead this project. It can be a daunting task, reading the standard and trying to apply it in your organization. Your organization is different from all others, how does the standard apply to it?

Take advantage of the resources and tools that are available to you. There is no reason that you need to start your system from scratch. There are a number of professionals that have developed documented ISO 9001 procedures and quality manuals. Organizations have realized that there is a real benefit in having professionals design quality systems procedures that state how the organization is meeting the requirements of the standard. In the past the best way to get these procedures was to hire a consultant, and they would come in, bringing their basic procedures with them, and customize them to suit the organization.

Now consultants have made these procedures available to you, and you do the customizing. The 9000 Store offers procedures, forms and a quality manual that have been developed based on a decade of experience in wide ranging industries. Used as an alternative to an ISO 9000 consultant, these are a very cost effective way of getting the expertise you need to develop an effective ISO 9001 QMS.

But remember, your organization is different from all others. What about the questions you have on how the standard applies in your situations? If you are not using a consultant, it can be difficult to find someone to answer your questions. To support their products The 9000 Store also answers questions by email as you work on the customization.

Make use of the resources and training available online today:

“We had our pre-audit on Wednesday and did very well on it. I want to thank you for all the help in getting us to the point where we are now. We went it alone like you had said we could and we are very happy with the results. When we started this I was worried it would be too much to handle because of all the documentation involved. Your ISO 9001 doc’s were a godsend. By doing it without a consultant, I believe you get a lot better understanding of the quality system.”

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