ISO 9001 The Original Source Document
In 1987 the original ISO 9001 Quality Management System document was released by the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland. From this beginning all the current standards evolved.
Following World War II in which more than forty million people perished ISO standards were developed to foster international trade with the hopes that war would end forever. The thought was that trading partners would have too much at stake to kill each other. The original ISO standards were product based and even today they affect every area of our lives. You can purchase a Japanese camera and use German made film and American made batteries because they were all made to exacting ISO standards.
In the late 80’s the International Organization for Standardization began to recognize that the best companies shared common practices and those practices became codified in the original ISO 9001 standard, which has been modified over the years to what we have today: ISO 9001:2008.
Standards Actively Supported Include
Today many variations of ISO 9001 exist to meet the needs of different production/service areas and more are being developed each year. Some of the standards Eagle Force supports and the areas they impact are listed below:
- ISO 9001 general industry and service organizations
- ISO/TS 16949 automotive industry
- AS9100 aerospace/defense manufacturers
- AS9110 aerospace/defense maintenance, repair and overhaul
- AS9120 aerospace distributors
- ISO 13485 medical device manufacturers
- ISO 17035 laboratories & calibration houses
- ISO 14001 environmental management
- ISO 50001 energy management systems
- OHSAS 18001 health and safety
How Eagle Force Developed
Eagle Force developed into the recognized expert in helping organizations implement management systems that were suitable, adequate, and effective.
- SUITABLE: The system must be suitable for the organization - Neither overly complex or unrealistically simplified. It must fit the organization, its processes, products/services, and personnel
- ADEQUATE: The system must be adequate to meet the requirements of the standard being pursued
- EFFECTIVE: The system must be effective in accomplishing the organization goals and objectives
Eagle Force’s president, Bill Houser developed the foundational methodology used by all the Eagle Force consultants. Bill’s experience sprang from the early days of ISO 9001 when he served as Vice President of Quality and Productivity of a fifteen billion dollar a year conglomeration that contained hundreds of plants included Monroe Muffler, Newport News Ship Building, etc., etc, (Bill can flesh this out better than me).
Bill Houser’s driving objective was to see a management system that improved productivity, reduced costs, not just get certified. His goal was not certification but improved performance. The tools and methods he developed were groundbreaking and continue to help organizations of all kinds today.
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