Options in Monitoring Environmental Management Systems

Posted: Monday, November, 5th, 2018 by American Quality Management

Environmental standards have taken a front-row seat in discussions around supply chain and manufacturing. Some would argue that environmental impact has a larger place than quality control at this point in the realm of public opinion. Clients and customers can be won and lost simply […]


Categories: ISO 14001

Moving Toward 14001 Compliance with Outsourced Suppliers

Posted: Thursday, May, 31st, 2018 by American Quality Management

Organizations operating EMSs (Environmental Management Systems) faced significant changes mandated by the release of the updated ISO 14001:2015 standard. The latest version of the standard set out significant requirements for how your organization handles outsourced suppliers and services, and some of those requirements aren’t obvious […]


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The Impact of Software on ISO 9001

Posted: Tuesday, May, 1st, 2018 by American Quality Management

Historically, one of the most common criticisms of ISO 9001 and barriers to its adoption has been its stringent documentation requirements. These are, admittedly, formidable. Yet the widespread use of software, specifically developed to manage documentation and other aspects of a Quality Management System (QMS), […]


Categories: ISO 9001

Why it’s Important to Identify Risk in Business

Posted: Monday, April, 9th, 2018 by American Quality Management

No business is without risks, but the key to any business is understanding the importance of preventing, minimizing or eliminating risks whenever possible in order to prevent losses. After all, less risk should theoretically create more success for the business. For any business, risk can […]


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How an ISO Certification Can Help You Drive Sales

Posted: Thursday, March, 29th, 2018 by American Quality Management

Whether you are running a small mom-and-pop shop, a startup company or a global corporation, obtaining ISO certification as a business can have countless benefits, ranging from saving the company money and employee time to improving efficiency and customer service. ISO certification can create opportunities […]


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Tips on transitioning to ISO 9001

Posted: Monday, March, 19th, 2018 by American Quality Management

With the September 2018 deadline for the transition to ISO 9001:2015 approaching, companies are coming into the home stretch and are quickly running out of time to update their quality management systems. The upcoming deadline also represents an end date for the validity of ISO […]


Categories: ISO 9001

What is a Surveillance Audit?

Posted: Tuesday, February, 13th, 2018 by American Quality Management

After careful planning and diligent preparation, an organization is ready to achieve the goal of ISO certification. A certification body sends an auditor to verify that the organization’s management system is in place along with all necessary components: documentation, records, processes, etc. The auditor also […]


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How Can Startups Benefit from ISO 14001?

Posted: Wednesday, December, 27th, 2017 by American Quality Management

Anyone who has ever been involved in a startup knows first-hand what a demanding endeavor it is. Everyone puts in extra hours and handles a wide variety of responsibilities, often on a minimal budget and an ambitious schedule. Members may acknowledge the importance of environmental […]


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How to Get Ready for an Internal Audit

Posted: Thursday, December, 7th, 2017 by American Quality Management

In many organizations, audits have a negative connotation. Some view them as box-checking busy-work, while others fear that the auditor is trying to ‘catch’ them in some form of non-compliance. In reality, an ISO 14001 internal audit presents a genuine opportunity for improvement. The maximum […]


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The Advantages of Working with an Environmental Consultant for ISO 14001:2015

Posted: Sunday, November, 12th, 2017 by American Quality Management

The 2015 revision to ISO 14001 goes more than skin-deep. The updated requirements are new on a fundamental level. For companies wanting to stay current with their ISO 14001 compliance, this means putting significant changes into effect.  This is a situation where it’s worth it […]


Categories: ISO 14001