ISO 50001 Revision Moves To Committee Draft 3 Stage

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ISO 50001 Revision Moves To Committee Draft 3 Stage

The revision of ISO 50001…

The revision of ISO 50001 for Energy Management Systems (EnMS) continues to progress with the latest draft, Committee Draft 3 (CD3), issued on February 3 and circulated by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 301.

Established to help organizations improve energy performance and cut energy costs, ISO 50001 offers a systematic approach to improve energy performance over time through the use of an EnMS. Successful implementation of an EnMS in an organization requires a cultural change and commitment from all levels and functions, especially top management.

Since its release six years ago ISO 50001 has become increasingly important. According to ISO, 11,985 ISO 50001 certificates were issued by the end of 2015, and the number of certificates increased by 77 percent during that year according to ISO’s global survey.

Based on discussions during the ISO/TC 301 meeting held in Paris in January, the revised ISO 50001 standard is likely to be published in January 2019. It will incorporate the high level structure and common text from Annex SL.

Based on current information, the expected timeline for the revision of ISO 50001 is as follows:

  • May/June 2017: Working Group 1 to meet in Beijing, China to generate a draft international standard (DIS), taking into account comments from the CD3.
  • July 2017: DIS to be submitted to ISO for launch of enquiry.
  • February 2018: TC 301 secretary to issue DIS ballot result and associated public comments.
  • June 2018: TC 301 WG1 to meet in Mexico to consider DIS comments.
  • July 18, 2018: final draft international standard to be submitted to ISO for launch of eight week FDIS ballot period.
  • January 19, 2019: ISO to publish ISO 50001:2019.

Comments on the ISO 50001 CD3 must be compiled and returned to ISO within the eight week comment window.

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ASQ Survey: Quality Improvement Methods Could Help to Reduce Waste, Debt

Only eight percent of government…

Only eight percent of government workers believe the U.S. federal government is running efficiently, adding that shifting priorities and fears of job loss pose major obstacles to making improvements, according to a recent ASQ survey.

In January, ASQ surveyed its members and customers who work in a diverse range of government sectors including defence, health care, military, transportation, finance, and agriculture.

Thirty-one percent of survey respondents said shifting strategies, goals, and priorities are the biggest challenge to implementing quality improvement methods in the federal government.

Other survey highlights included:

  • 19 percent said the biggest hurdle is overcoming organizational fears about the impact of cost-cutting on jobs and project funding.
  • 14 percent cited the greatest challenge as a lack of awareness about quality methods like Lean Six Sigma and how they can benefit the organization.
  • 12 percent said the biggest challenge is viewing quality improvement as a temporary trend.

“The federal government has a great opportunity with the application of quality tools reduce waste and, as a direct result, decrease the burden on the taxpayers,” said Mark Abrams, chair of ASQ’s Government Division.

“Quality tools have proven successful in a variety of sectors including manufacturing and health care, and can be used at all levels of government to increase operational efficiencies and improve taxpayer experiences.”

In addition to noting challenges with the federal government’s structure, survey participants ranked quality improvement tools they see as having the biggest potential for reducing federal waste. Seventy-six percent said lean would provide the greatest benefit to increasing efficiency, followed by Lean Six Sigma at 71 percent, and Six Sigma at 48 percent.

Quality tools such as Lean Six Sigma have been highlighted by past U.S. presidential candidates as a tool for reducing waste and improving efficiency in federal government. Of those surveyed, 42 percent have implemented Lean Six Sigma in their organization. Of these 42 percent, more than 86 percent said it’s been somewhat, very, or extremely efficient.

Federal Government Agencies That Need the Most Help

Fifty-eight percent of respondents ranked infrastructure as the area federal government could most benefit from reducing waste and cutting costs. Furthermore, 55 percent of respondents said Health and Human Services and National Defense would best benefit from quality tools, followed by Immigrations and Customs at 54 percent, and Homeland Security at 53 percent.

First Steps in Ensuring Success with Quality Methods

Possible first steps suggested by respondents for government to effectively implement quality tools like lean and Six Sigma, include:

  • Generate a stronger commitment from management/leaders and integrate into performance standards.
  • Present clearly defined goals and use selected quality tools to implement processes.
  • Provide training for key members of the administration and government agency management teams.
  • Educate government officials at various levels on the quality tools available and techniques that can be applied to their specific situations.
  • Mandate the use of selected quality tools and give them time to work instead of quickly switching to the latest “great” thing.

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Baldrige Foundation to Expand Awards Program

  The Baldrige Foundation is…


The Baldrige Foundation is expanding its leadership awards program with the establishment of the E. David Spong Lifetime Achievement Award.

The first recipient of the award is its namesake: Dr. E. David Spong.

“This new award recognizes an individual who has performed truly extraordinary service and created a lasting legacy which will inspire future generations of leaders” says Al Farber, Foundation president and CEO.

Dr. Spong has been a Baldrige practitioner and advocate throughout his career, and is a two-time recipient of the Baldrige National Quality Award. He led the Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs to the 1998 award in manufacturing, and in 2003, he led Boeing’s Aerospace Support division to the Baldrige Award in the service sector.

“I am thrilled to lend my name to this award, but the Baldrige Enterprise is the real champion,” says Dr. Spong. “Baldrige recipients serve as role model organizations for everyone else to emulate. Through Baldrige, ‘best practice’ becomes documented, data driven, evidence-based examples of performance excellence. These examples reach every sector of the economy—manufacturing, small business, service, health care, education, the nonprofit sector and government, and beginning last year, cybersecurity. Baldrige is a recipe for first-class performance.”

“David’s career spans over five decades and encompasses many, varied leadership roles,” continues Faber. “At every step David has been a champion of the Baldrige Framework and the Baldrige Enterprise. The Baldrige Foundation is honored to present this award to him, and future leaders who embody his lifetime commitment to quality.”


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Revised ISO 31000 DIS Seeks to Simplify Risk Management

The revision of ISO 31000:2009, Risk management –…

The revision of ISO 31000:2009, Risk management – Principles and guidelines has progressed to Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, with the draft now available for public comment.

ISO 31000 provides guidelines on the benefits and values of effective and efficient risk management and aims to help organizations to better understand and address uncertainties.

The revision seeks to simplify the standard using simple language to make risk management easy to understand. To do so, the terminology of ISO 31000 has been reduced to simple concepts and some terms have been moved to ISO Guide 73, Risk management – Vocabulary, which deals specifically with risk management terminology. This is intended to be read alongside ISO 31000.

Jason Brown, chair of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 262, Risk management, that developed the standard said, “The message our group would like to pass on to the reader of the DIS is to critically assess if the current draft can provide the guidance required while remaining relevant to all organizations in all countries.

“It is important to keep in mind that we are not drafting an American or European standard, a public or financial services standard, but much rather a generic international standard,” Brown said.

The draft also includes improvements such as the importance of human and cultural factors in achieving an organization’s objectives and an emphasis on ingraining risk management in the decision-making process. Despite these changes, the overall message of ISO 31000 of integrating the management of risk into a strategic and operational management system remains the same.

The next step in the process is to finalize the revision work to reach the Final Draft International Standard stage. The finalized version of ISO 31000 is expected to be published by the end of the year or early 2018.

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Revised ISO 44001 Standard to Aid Business Collaboration

A new standard has been…

A new standard has been published to help businesses collaborate with other organizations or individuals.

ISO 44001, Collaborative business relationship management systems  Requirements and framework, aims to assist companies to establish and improve collaborative relationships, both within and between organizations.

The standard provides the overall components of a management system for business relationships as well as operational process requirements.

ISO 44001 follows the common high-level structure, making it easier for anyone using multiple management systems. The standard also features an eight-stage life cycle to ensure sustainable relations, including operational awareness, value creation, knowledge, internal assessment, partner selection, working together, staying together, and exit strategies.

The standard was developed by ISO project committee ISO/PC 286, Collaborative business relationship management – Framework. ISO/PC 286 Secretary Mick Maghar said the standard is applicable to both private and public organizations of all sizes.

“ISO 44001 can be used on many different levels, from a single project or one-to-one partnership to multiple partner alliances across the whole organization,” Maghar said. “It will help businesses to work better together, maximize the benefits of their stakeholder relationships and support their sustainability.”

Click here for more information about ISO 44001:2017.

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ISO Celebrates 70 Years

2017 is ISO’s 70th anniversary!…

2017 is ISO’s 70th anniversary! The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to discuss the future of standardization. A year later, on 23 February 1947, ISO officially came into existence. In this post-war era, the founding members saw international standards as a key to the world’s reconstruction efforts.

Back in 1947, the purpose of the fledgling organization was to facilitate the coordination and unification of standards developed by its member bodies, all of which were national standardization entities in their respective countries. The founders decided that the organization would be open to every country wanting to collaborate with equal rights and equal duties.

These founding principles still hold true today and the ISO family has blossomed to include 163* members from almost every country in the world. Standardization has come a long way and ISO International Standards, which now cover almost all aspects of technology and business, will continue to ensure positive change in an evolving world.

The first steps

Following the creation of the organization, 67 groups of experts (called technical committees) were set up in specific technical fields such as screw threads, marine technology, food, textiles, paints and laboratory equipment with a mandate to develop International Standards. This led to the birth, in 1951, of the first ISO standard (called “Recommendations” at the time) –ISO/R 1:1951, Standard reference temperature for industrial length measurements. Since then, the ISO portfolio has expanded to include over 22 000 standards supporting all the important technological, environmental and social changes that have taken place in the world.

“For 70 years, ISO has made standards that have shaped our history and accompanied the world’s greatest innovations. From the standardization of materials, components and equipment for the aerospace or automotive industry to the measurement of environmental pollutants, from establishing a management system to ensure food safety in the supply chain to creating guidelines for human-robot interaction, the need for international standardization has always evolved with the needs of industry and society,” says ISO President Dr. Zhang Xiaogang.

Expanding the community

ISO has worked hard over the years to broaden its circle of stakeholders, bringing different audiences to standardization, such as consumers or developing countries. The 1950s saw a number of new ISO member bodies join the organization from the developing world. To respond to these members’ needs, ISO set up in 1961 the ISO Committee for developing country matters (ISO/DEVCO), which helps them get the most out of standards development work. Today, three-quarters of ISO’s members are from developing countries.

Helping to improve the satisfaction and safety of consumers is another vital role of standards. Integrating their views in standards development is therefore essential because these real-life perspectives help ensure that issues such as safety and quality are adequately addressed. The importance of consumer leverage was endorsed by the creation, in 1978, of a Council Committee on Consumer Policy, now officially known as the ISO Committee on consumer policy (ISO/COPOLCO), to promote and encourage consumer interests in standards.

Effective and wide-reaching stakeholder engagement is essential in maintaining the relevance of International Standards. To ensure a strong relationship between standards and innovation, ISO has built collaborative ties with a network of global and regional organizations, including a partnership with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and has forged links with over 700 international organizations working in fields related to standardization. Furthermore, the contribution of large and small businesses, regulatory authorities and governments throughout the world is fundamental to the proper functioning of ISO.

Challenges for the future

“For the past 70 years, ISO has developed standards that drive industrial progress, promote global commerce and improve health, safety and the environment. But this is just the beginning,” says Dr. Zhang.

“Looking to the future, it is clear that our world faces many challenges that cut across national borders. Climate change, water scarcity, cyber security and large-scale migration are just some of the issues we face today that require integrated, international action.”

Many of these challenges have been included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations as part of their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Launched in 2015, the SDGs set ambitious targets for the next 15 years and will help concentrate international action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

“The ISO community has many standards that can help organizations and companies address this agenda,” says Dr. Zhang. “We are ready to provide efficient tools to help the different communities worldwide face up to these challenges and shape a better world.”

The future of standardization is promising.

This article has been republished in full with permission from ISO.

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Federal Government Encourages Internal Standards Conformance

Noting that conformance to international…

Noting that conformance to international standards has dramatically improved thousands of private-sector organizations, the federal government has issued a notice encouraging voluntary standards conformance in the public sector.

OMB Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities” was issued in January 2016. The notice reinforces the importance of government use of voluntary standards and the existing private-sector infrastructure for conformity assessment.

OMB Circular A-119 recognizes the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1995 as a prime example of how public-private partnerships work to meet and exceed public policy goals. Like OMB Circular A-119, the NTTAA directs U.S. federal government agencies to use private-sector voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment solutions whenever feasible instead of developing government-unique standards or regulations. The NTTAA also requires government agencies to participate in the standards-development process in keeping with the agencies’ missions and budget priorities.

After more than two decades, the NTTAA remains the cornerstone for promoting the use of voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment processes for federal-level regulation and procurement. OMB Circular A-119 confirms that public- and private-sector cooperation is crucial to developing and using standards that serve national needs and support innovation and competitiveness.

The federal government has saved millions of dollars by using consensus standards in procurement and to mitigate conflict and regulatory overlap. Government, consumers, industry, and voluntary standards developers should continue to rely on the public-private partnership model in seeking consensus-based solutions to national priorities as a matter of public policy, according to the notice.

Thousands of federal agency representatives participate in private sector-led standards development process and are instrumental in ensuring agency compliance with the NTTAA and OMB Circular A-119. This government participation ensures that government users understand the intent and content of specific standards and conformity assessment activities.

Standards and conformity assessment are keys to a sound economy and they help facilitate global commerce. The U.S. approach is market-driven and private sector-led. This differs from the top-down approach favored by many other countries. The U.S. system is based on globally accepted principles for standards development, including transparency, openness, impartiality, effectiveness, relevance, consensus, and due process.

The continued strength of the U.S. standardization and conformity assessment system depends on ongoing cooperation between government and industry, and the key to a successful partnership is active participation, which requires support and resources from government policy makers at all levels.

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Workshop to Address Medical Device Regulatory Changes

TÜV SÜD will host a…

TÜV SÜD will host a workshop in March to help manufacturers understand the changing medical device regulatory landscape as a result of the upcoming overhaul of the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation and Approval Process (MDR).

The 2017 MDR Workshop will take place on March 13 at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in San Diego, California. It will be led by Dr. Bassil Akra, TÜV SÜD’s global director of clinical centers of excellence,

Dr. Akra has a distinguished career in research and development, quality management, and regulatory affairs. He is deeply involved with the development of the EU’s guidance and standards in his capacity as a member of the working group on clinical investigation and evaluation.

Other speakers at the workshop will include Dr. Matthias Fink, Dr. Gerold Labek, and Dr. Yuan Li of TÜV SÜD.

The focus of the workshop will be the regulatory requirements surrounding complex Class III medical devices, such as orthopedics, implants, and those used in contact with the spinal column. Devices previously certified on an equivalence basis and without a significant amount of clinical data may not be certified under the new rules.

Overall, the MDR calls for increased standards for clinical evidence, more intensive documentation, an expansion of the scope of covered devices, and the implementation of unique device identification codes for better tracking of potential defects.

Registration for the workshop will open at 1:30 p.m. PST and the workshop will run from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A group reception and networking buffet will follow. Click here for more information on the workshop.

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ANSI Seeks Comments on New ISO Field of Consumer Vulnerability

Interested in consumer vulnerability? ANSI…

Interested in consumer vulnerability? ANSI wants to hear from you.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has circulated a proposal for a new field of activity for a new ISO standard to be titled “Guideline for inclusive service—identifying and responding to consumers in vulnerable situations.” As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI is seeking interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by April 7.

The proposal, submitted by ISO’s Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO) and BSI, explains that the new ISO standard would provide guidance on how to identify consumers in vulnerable situations and how to develop, implement, and maintain policies and procedures for organizations to handle them.

Consumer vulnerability is any circumstance that puts consumers at greater risk when choosing or using products or services. A variety of factors contribute to consumer vulnerability—which might be long or short term, temporary, permanent, or sporadic—including debt, unemployment, old age, mental health issues, and physical impairments.

An international standard would help organizations minimize consumer risk by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of consumer vulnerability.
  • Giving guidance on how to identify consumers in vulnerable circumstances.
  • Establishing processes and procedures that will help organizations respond to consumers in vulnerable situations.

All interested stakeholders are invited to review the proposal, which includes a listing of relevant documents at the international, regional, and national levels, and stakeholder categories that may benefit from by the proposal. View it on ANSI’s website.

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Enhancing Traceability with a New ISO Project Committee

How do you know that…

How do you know that your bottle of champagne is the real McCoy? That your boots were really made in Italy or that your milk is indeed pasteurized? Traceability—known as chain of custody—is important for ensuring the authenticity, and therefore the quality and safety, of virtually every product imaginable. A new ISO committee has just been formed to make it easier.

From raw materials such as cotton to the T-shirt in your favorite shop, knowledge and tracking of the specific product characteristics (e.g., origin, sustainability traits and/or manufacturing process) is increasingly important and demanded by consumers. Traceability, and hence transparency, provides reassurance and a better understanding of production characteristics in order to reduce risks to health, safety, and quality. In many cases, it is even a legal requirement. A reliable chain-of-custody (CoC) management system is therefore important for certification and quality assurance schemes.

The world is awash with CoC systems and programs, all with their own semantics, presentation, and industry focus, and include CoCs for food safety, sustainable agriculture or compliance in manufacturing. But the sheer number of such systems adds unnecessary layers of administration, thereby increasing costs and pushing smaller companies out of international markets. It is with this in mind that a new ISO project committee—ISO/PC 308, Chain of custody—was established, making traceability simpler for all supply chain actors by using a uniform ISO language globally.

Chair of ISO/PC 308 Rob Busink said: “The proliferation of traceability systems and definitions is causing unnecessary confusion, complexity and costs for players in different supply chains. The proposed generic chain-of-custody standard will define supply chain models and the respective traceability levels and specific requirements related to administration, conversion rates and physical handling activities, thus simplifying market access by using a uniform language and criteria throughout the supply chain.

“It is hoped that existing and new certification schemes will be able to refer to the ISO standard for the terminology regarding chain-of-custody requirements, thus simplifying the conformity assessment for those various product certifications and reducing unnecessary duplication or misunderstanding.”

The committee has already attracted support for the development of the standard from organizations across many sectors, such as food, consumer goods, energy and construction, as well as certification schemes and government.

This article has been republished in full with permission from ISO.

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