LabTest - Quality Management Systems

By: Labtest Certification  09-12-2011

Quality Management Systems (QMS) is used by businesses to establish a common set of policies and procedures. With a well-documented system, businesses can ensure consistency and improvement of working practices, including the products and services produced. The QMS is based on common standards (practices) used in industry. ISO 9000 is the most commonly used international standard that provides a framework for a quality management system.
The commonly know international standards used for specific industry are:

  • ISO 9000 - Quality Management
  • ISO 13485  — Medical Devices
  • ISO 14001 — Environmental Management
  • OHSAS 18001 — Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • BS 7799 — Information Security Management
  • QS-9000 / ISO/TS 16949 / VDA 6.1 — Quality Management in the Automotive supply industry
  • AS 9100 — Quality Management in the Aerospace supply industry
  • TL 9000 — Quality Management in the Telecommunications supply industry

ISO 9000

ISO 9000 is a generic name given to a family of standards developed to provide a framework around which a quality management system can effectively be based. ISO 9001:2000, the requirement standard, includes the following main sections:

  1. Quality Management System
  2. Management Responsibility
  3. Resource Management
  4. Product Realization
  5. Measurement Analysis and Improvement

In order to use ISO 9001 to the fullest in helping you to manage your organization’s processes there are a number of steps to take:

  1. Identify what goals you want to achieve.
  2. Identify what others expect of you
  3. Establish your status
  4. Obtain information about the ISO 9000 family of standards
  5. Apply the ISO 9000 standard(s) in you management system
  6. Use sector-specific and general guidelines
  7. Obtain guidance on specific topics within the quality management system
  8. Do you need to demonstrate conformance
  9. If Yes, Undergo independent audit
  10. Continue to improve your business

Quality Management Systems (QMS) Consulting

With our team of QMS Consultants, LabTest can help you set-up and implement your QMS. With an effective QMS in place, you will see benefits in the following areas:

  • Greater responsibility and quality consciousness amongst staff
  • Better use of time and resources
  • Reduced wastage and product failure
  • Greater consistency and traceability of products and services.

Whether you are a small 2 person company or a very large 100 plus employee international company, we can help you establish your quality system. Our approach to a successful implementation is to team up our industry expert with your business. For example, if you are a medical device manufacturer, we will provide you an experienced consultant who has been involved in the medical devices industry.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) Standards

The commonly known International Standards used for specific industry are:

  • ISO 9000 - Quality Management
  • ISO 13485 - Medical Devices
  • ISO 14001 — Environmental Management
  • OHSAS 18001 — Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • BS 7799 — Information Security Management
  • QS-9000 / ISO/TS 16949 / VDA 6.1 — Quality Management in the Automotive supply industry
  • AS 9100 — Quality Management in the Aerospace supply industry

TL 9000 — Quality Management in the Telecommunications supply industry


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