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4 minutes | 23 days ago
Podcast About - The AACE AS 9100 Remote Awareness & Implementation Training Course
A Unique Opportunity to Attend our 4 Session Remote AS 9100 Training ProgrammeListen to this podcast all about the AACE unique training programme for AS 9100.We describe the 4 sessions, expertly designed as follows:1. AS 9100 Overview & Awareness2. AS 9100 Technical Areas Discussion3. AS 9100 Internal Auditor Training4. AS 9100 Case Studies & WorkshopsOur “remote training” course – is all about AS 9100 and aerospace "best practice". The course is divided over 4 x sessions. This provides the opportunity to spread the technical load and absorb and consider the course content – ensuring your questions are geared for maximum benefit for your needs.Unlike many other AS 9100 training courses, our “remote training” course programme is delivered by true practitioners with an unchallenged reputation of ensuring Certification success. The AACE course programme provides a unique blend of practical implementation advice against those awkward clauses of the AS 9100 – providing proven examples when required.We understand what the Certification Body requires from you to achieve AS 9100. Therefore, our primary focus is ensuring you successful development and implementation, through to compliance. At AACE, we pride ourselves on delivering expertise for both improvement and technical compliance – we stand or fall by the quality of our AS 9100 training.Course ObjectivesOur “remote training” course programme is dynamic and encourages complete delegate participation. All delegates are asked to provide AACE with a series of questions in advance of attending the course, relevant to specific need to ensure we balance the course to the group – and answer your specific questions.Our “remote training” is aimed at those already familiar with the requirements of "quality management systems". In addition, fir those seeking to have a better understanding of the aerospace and defence sector requirements - all your questions will be answered with a “no-nonsense” example to support compliance.After listening, contact AACE and book your place:Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
7 minutes | 2 months ago
CAN YOU DROP EN 1090 CERTIFICATION IN 2021?
Probably - yes you can!Like, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, etc. although not a part of the EU, the UK (UKAS) will remain members of EA (European Accreditation). At the EA General Assembly on 14th May a Resolution (EA Resolution 2020 (45) 01) was passed, confirming that UKAS will remain an EA Full Member until 31 January 2022. With this in mind, UKAS accreditation will be recognized and accepted throughout the EU; does this mean that the UKCA Mark will be accepted throughout the EU in the same way as the CE Mark? Well, it looks that way, because the UK adopted all the EU legislative "product directives" into Statutory Instruments, otherwise, what would be the point of UKAS remaining a member of EA? If not to facilitate UK trade within the EU market?That said, within the UK market, we have a keen focus on the NSSS 7th Edition, coupled with the “customer contract” specification being the “legal precedence” over the content of EN 1090. Refer to the NSSS 7th Edition clause 1.2.3, where the contract technical specification takes precedence over the EN 1090-2 content.For the EU to enter into the UK market, and comply with the UKCA Mark, coupled with the kikes of the new NSSS, could this be seen as a technical barrier to trade in the eyes of the EU?From the top and to recap for 1st January 2021.· Legal Framework - Compliance with the “Construction Products Regulation” (CPR) is the law within the UK.· Product Declaration - Compliance with the “United Kingdom Conformity Assessment” (UKCA) is the law within the UK.· Legal Responsibility – Anyone that places a UKCA Marked product onto the UK market becomes the responsible manufacturer of the product in the eyes of the law.The EN 1090 Certification is NOT the law in the UK (the customer contract and technical specification - takes precedence over the content of the EN 1090-2 / EN 1090-4).The EN 1090 simply provides a “small” point of reference for “Factory Production Control” as per EN 1090-1 Clause 6.3 and makes references to CE Marking. The legal reference for the UKCA Mark within the United Kingdom with reference to the CPR is the Statutory Instrument – UK SI1620 - previously known as the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011. Then we must also consider "professional and technical qualifications" of those involved with - structural design, the architect, the engineers, the auditors, etc.Just because UKAS is a part of EA, does not mean instant recognition of professional qualification - "UK professional qualifications may not be recognized in the EU (and vice versa), although the UK and EU member states could decide to unilaterally recognize each other’s professional qualifications or provide streamlined routes to re-qualification".From the 1st January 2021, the CE Mark is no longer required for the United Kingdom home market - with the current trade deal, the UKCA Mark is here to stay. The UKCA Mark (also read as NICA Mark for N Ireland) will replace the CE Mark from the 1st January 2021. In summary.UK Approved Bodies will audit the “effectiveness” your FPC against contract specification (as stated within the NSSS 7th Edition – clause 1.2.3. “the full text of this [NSSS] specification takes precedence over EN1090-2 and EN1090-4); confirming the “customer contract” takes precedence in support of the UKCA declaration of performance.Your business will require a documented FPC and qualified welders and supporting procedures, but it is your call how to demonstrate compliance - ISO 9001 with reference to legislative requirements, i.e. the CPR or the BS 3834 or the EN 1090, but its your call.Over to the UK "approved bodies" to answer our questions...
13 minutes | 2 months ago
WHAT CAN WE TAKE POSITIVELY FROM 2020? REMOTE AUDITING?
In terms of "conformity assessment" and the way we do things, we’ve identified three areas for consideration going into 2021 - all from client and auditor feedback.1. Remote Auditing - loved by Certification Bodies £££$$$$ ching-ching, but utter nonsense!2. UKCA Marking - new for the UK market...more about awareness than change!3. Certification Fees - contract values (not days) and self-certification the future?This podcast will provide a summary of observation, supported by both client and auditor feedback. Taking each in turn as follows:Certification bodies are promoting the benefits of remote auditing, which on the whole is completely opposite to auditor and client company experiences. Certification bodies are keen to maintain and income stream by positively spinning the wonders of remote auditing, and for that matter so are auditors. This begs the question, if remote auditing is so great, why was this never promoted as an option years ago?With reference to the UKCA Mark, why are so many still confused by both CE and the UKCA. Let us be clear, the legal liability is on the “importer” and or “the one placing product onto the market” and therefore, they need to ensure product compliance. Therefore, exporting industry simply need to make the life of the importer easy, by ensuring high integrity compliance supported by documented evidence. Whether importing or exporting, this has always been the requirement.On to the subject of fee rates. Certification bodies cannot continue with the “day rate” as the model for costing the “certification product”. The day is over and died at the time of introducing remote auditing. Some certification bodies are issuing memos to auditors demanding they audit for the day, even remotely. Whether the audit is completed or note!The above three things have been put out there to raise awareness and hopefully stimulate the debate. Have a great listen and once again, many thanks for your continued support.
5 minutes | 7 months ago
EN 1090 - NO PERFORMANCE DETERMINED - IS YOUR DECLARATION WHETHER THE CE MARK OR THE UKCA MARK
NO PERFORMANCE DETERMINED - UKCA & OR CE MARKING, THE CPR & NPDWhen using the term "NPD" or no performance determined, it means just that. You are "warning" by way of the declaration the limitations of the item e.g. not everything has been specified and or tested.Within the Construction Products Regulation [(EU) No 305/2011 also a Statutory Instrument within the UK] clearly states that the "manufacture" is the one placing the product onto the market, and ultimately the one responsible the integrity of the CE Mark as applied.(EU) No 305/2011 - see Article 2 Clause 19This basic fact about the one placing the product onto the market, is a key requirement of all CE obligations - soon to also be the UKCA requirement.Calling all Notified Bodies, please wake up to the following:a) EN 1090-1 Table ZA.3 – this is the tasks for the certification [notified] body when they visit you (the enterprise) – to review the FPC only against (clause 6.3 and this limited focus is as legislated within the CPR and may exclude “design” - (EU) No 305/2011 - see Article 2 Clause 26) and with reference to; b) Annex ZA.1 – the specification for the product as provided from the customer (or if design is within the FPC scope, the internal design requirements); as applicable to the product (and contract specification, as defined), with reference to; c) Annex B – the certification [notified] body will undertake an initial inspection and on-going inspection of the FPC (as per scope – with reference to Annex B.4.2) – basically, assess the effectiveness of the FPC with consideration to the above 1 and 2; and finally; d) ZA.3 ## – the certification [notified] body will review the “declaration of performance” CE certificate content as issued by the FPC – to include any NPD’s as confirmed within 2 above. Therefore, the Notified Body is awarding "certification" against the "factory production control" clause of EN 1090-1, 6.3 for the enterprise to issue "declarations of performance" for CE Marking (at the point of dispatch from their "factory production control")..Where the "factory production control" excludes design from the scope as confirmed with the Notified Body, the the legal responsibility for the product specification sits firmly with the customer and or their design experts (the CPR manufacturer in law).Why are we putting this out there?So many Notified Bodies are bouncing SME fabrication welding firms into "non-conformances" due to the SME's customer NOT providing the correct information for the product. From customers not providing the EXC level through to bolts and weld test specifications not made clear.However, in this regard, we recommend to all "non-design" EN 1090 firms to simply state NPD on their CE Marking "declarations of performance" (in line with the EN 1090 Annex ZA's). Clearly stating this within the "declaration of performance" to the customer specified requirements as per their drawing specification provided.As a non-design EN 1090 firm, you cannot be permitted to deviate from the information provided from your customer (without written consent to do so); should you deviate from the customer contract specification, this would be a breach of contract and you would be liable for any failures.Notified Bodies should focus on auditing with reference to the primary points of legal reference; the CPR and CE Marking. The EN 1090 has become the focus of attention and not the legal frame-work.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
THE IMPORTANCE OF TRACEABILITY - SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRITY
What do we actually mean? The importance of Traceability – Its all about providing “confidence” and “integrity” within the supply chain. Everything to support the product specification and of course user (consumer) confidence and ultimately "brand image":From raw materials, such as – metals, alloys, carbon fiber, wood, packaging, food, etc. through to all matters of calibration – measurement integrity, standard reference materials for chemical analysis, legal metrology for trade, etc.That Paper Trail – We traditionally underscore our confidence with “a paper chase” (or pdf's) from the supplier of materials or components, for example:Certificate of conformity (against a technical specification or part number)Declarations of performance (against a directive for CE / UKCA Marking)Mill certificate (from the – well… the mill)Test certificates (from those within the “process” responsible for inspection / testing).However, remember…. just because you have the “paper trail” with a link to the “item” supplied, it does not mean that the material or product is correct or compliant.No.... ISO 9001 and AS 9100 only require the management of "traceability" and not material or product compliance... for that, we must delve deeper!Your customers are aware of the failures within the "supply chain" and that is why customer contracts state "supplying materials and components with certification from a quality assured and approved supplier - does not absolve you the supplier from the responsibility of ensuring material compliance". This "podcast" will provide the necessary guidance for your consideration about how you manage your supply chain integrity - risk and mitigation.
6 minutes | 8 months ago
ISO 9001 - NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME CONSIDER AS 9100 FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Now is the right time to consider taking your business to the next level. Up date your current ISO 9001 or go for the AS 9100 certification. We've started to recommend www.quickerquality.co.uk for easy reference and proven "quality system" templates.The positive re-structure and re-launch of your business and what better management tool – ISO9001. In just 4 days, The Assessment Register team can quickly make you ready and manage your formal certification! The foundation of continuous improvement.Yes, it is time to land the mother ship – the mother of all quality management system Standards – ISO 9001 is the cornerstone for competitive advantage and business improvement.This podcast is a simple reminder about the benefits of ISO 9001 and related certification.Enhanced reputationBusiness improvementCommercial awarenessRisk mitigationResource planningSustained developmentQuality assurance…and above all, putting your business on the tender to bit for customer contracts.Remind yourself of the benefits at your leisure – listen to the podcast and contact The Assessment Register for more information – www.assessment-register.co.uk
6 minutes | 9 months ago
BANGING OUR OWN DRUM
Its all about The Assessment Register... people have been asking, so... "what do you do?".This podcast provides an insight onto what we do. As management consultants that specialise in metrology, standards, testing and quality management... well, its all about trade facilitation through compliance.We support private sector business, institutions and certification bodies comply with contract and legal obligations... so, the podcast just provides an overview.Although, we don't advertise and most of our clients arrive by referral... we've been about since 1990 successfully support trade and industry; its what we do!Sounds awful to say, but we're very good at what we do...we're always ahead of the game for our clients... our team oozes confidence! Need AS 9100, done it loads mate... its easy!Need ISO 9001, no brainer... absolute doddle!Need ISO 17025, hmm can be tricky, but we've achieved accreditation... Just ask and we'll do the necessary.
11 minutes | 9 months ago
REMOTE AUDITING - …all the Certification Bodies are promoting the benefits...
"Remote auditing is here and here to stay”...it's all about planning... then taking the initiative... and of course, you've probably heard it from UKAS and loads of other Certification Bodies that, remote auditing is receiving positive feedback - excellent!This podcast is aimed at those on the receiving end of Certification Body and UKAS “remote audits” of Quality Management Systems - making life easier.A well prepared Quality Manager will support your auditor to become quick and slick. Ask your Certification Body auditor for a "pre-audit" check-list of questions with clause by clause auditing timing - this will help you to help them - drive down your Certification costs by simple preparation.Don't waste time "nattering" online. Keep to the audit plan. Feed you auditor with data and evidence. Ensure that you KPI's make sense - feed the auditor with facts. We have decided to provide a few suggestions prior to starting your audit. The main one is train the Quality Manager to be the "face of your business"; its all about presentation.This podcast is based on how to make the “remote audit” a success for those sitting on both side of the table, summarized as follows:1. Contracts and non-disclosure agreements2. Technology communication testing3. Planning, timing and costing4. Information and data media5. Scope and duration6. Culture and environmental perspective7. Reporting the audit and follow-upThe “remote audit” is a completely different beast to norms of face to face auditing… it must be treated like a new technology… train yourselves on how to “present the case” for your business and quality management system.Require support? Please contact us at The Assessment Register...www.assessment-register.co.uk All the best.
14 minutes | 9 months ago
CONTRACT REVIEW - 80% OF NCR'S TRACED TO WEAK REVIEW OF CUSTOMER CONTRACTS & TENDERS
Quality management systems require some basic ingredients to ensure effectiveness. One of the primary ingredients is "contract review" for AS 9100, ISO 9001 and ISO 17025.Keeping in mind that 80% of an organizations poor performance, can be traced to a poorly controlled "contract review" process. Due to the lack of? Yes, you've guessed it, due to the lack of "review of the contract detail". Or not reviewing the contract terms and conditions for technical and quality requirements and commercial obligations.Customer complaints, supplier issues, in-process reworking, late delivery, etc. can almost all be attributed to those involved with contract review. Those unfortunate individuals that are either under pressure, under resourced or under qualified for the task.This podcast will simply highlight the requirements for the management and administration of sales order processing and effective quality control of your customer needs. www.assessment-register.co.uk
2 minutes | 10 months ago
The Moated Stone
King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone - The story of The Moated Stone contains references to people and places that you may be familiar with or even have visited. This may indeed be the case, although very unlikely unless you are from the village in question. However, if you are from the village then it is very likely that I already know you or the people you know! Please be assured that nothing contained within this story is aimed to offend or cause anything more that extreme interest. You will note the author of this short story is David Burns (that’s me). I decided to write about Wadhams Castle and historical Knightly deeds of King Arthur and also acknowledging the philanthropist attributes of the Wadham family. What else? Simply, I wanted to put Wadhams Castle back on the English map - it is a great place and it's where King Arthur became King of Wessex and then England.For your FREE Kindle e-book go to - https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=the+moated+stone&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
39 minutes | 10 months ago
THE INTERNAL AUDITOR - ALL YOU NEED FOR STARTING YOUR INTERNAL AUDIT EXPERIENCE
REMOVING AUDIT ANXIETY & GETTING READY FOR THE SUMMERSoon the Certification Bodies will be back from "remote auditing" and asking you questions about your last 12 months of "internal auditing". So, whether new to internal quality system auditing, or an old hand, listen and learn from our "podcast" and at the same time refer to our "free" kindle eBook from Amazon. Be prepared to present you case for internal auditing and reporting. Our internal auditor training is divided into 5 easy reference sessions:1. Developing audit concepts - why, where and when to audit2. The auditor - character and how to select the best auditor3. The audit - where to look, what to audit and who to ask4. Auditor skills - getting it right, with the correct information5. Reporting the audit - presenting the performance improvement case to management… with the primary objective of performance improvement and contract compliance.… you'll know as much as the Certification Body at the close of the podcast.For your FREE e-book (copy into your browser) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/INTERNAL-AUDITOR-NEXT-GENERATION-19011-ebook/dp/B078R8ZFMG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+internal+auditor+david+burns&qid=1588085929&sr=8-1The information contained in this publication is designed in such a way as to give knowledge and guidance to Quality Managers and Internal Auditors. The methodologies applied throughout this booklet are well proven and will deliver performance improvement – and your reputation as an expert Internal Auditor.
9 minutes | a year ago
CALIBRATION MATTERS - DON'T TAKE YOUR CALIBRATION FOR GRANTED
With fear of stating the obvious, this podcast is about "calibration control" for general mechanical engineering and precision machining. The podcast includes hints and tips for the avoidance of audit non-conformances. Most organizations will have very good calibration control internally, although sometimes fail to manage external calibration service providers and accredited calibration laboratories.This podcast is a gentle reminder not to assume calibration is compliant in the hands of external service providers... Look at the scope of your calibration service providers accreditation schedule.Consider your customer contract obligations and requirements and then double check this against the calibration laboratory.Some will claim ISO 9001 certification for the calibration service; this is the management of the calibration service and not always the control of the calibration itself.The use of a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory is the safe bet (or other ISO 17025 accredited laboratory), but always confirm the scope of your chosen laboratory.
17 minutes | a year ago
EN 1090 v NSSS & BS 3834 FOR FACTORY PRODUCTION CONTROL - UKCA MARK
Remember the UKCA Mark is here and here to stay. The Construction Products Regulation (the CPR) and CE Marking will be accepted in the UK for 12 months and then bang! Its gone! Unless of course you are exporting to the EU. The question is... how many UK based structural steel fabrication and welding firms export to the EU. Keep in mind, the UK Statutory Instrument, the law requires the "type approval" of the product, produced through an effective factory process. The latter validated by a Notified Body with reference to the construction products regulation, the NSSS guidelines and of course production control the BS 3834 compliance.In the UK it is the UKCA Mark and BS 3834 and that will be our future. So, it's worth just getting on with reviewing your "factory production control" now to ensure compliance.Those already with EN 1090 certification, this will be an easy flip-over into the BS 3834.These Notified Bodies are listed by the EU. Our UKAS Accredited Notified Bodies will not be listed by the EU. Some of you may use a Notified Body that is Accredited by an EU country member Accreditation Body.The question is... if the UKCA Mark is not recognized by the EU post 1st January 2021, then will your UK customers recognize your EU based Notified Body and their "type approval" of your product for the UK market? Probably not!The Assessment Register is aiming to keep the UKCA Marking for structural steel and aluminium a simple matter; having in mind that we in the UK don’t generally have a problem with the structural steel and aluminium construction sector. Our aim is to provide the necessary information examples and points reference to assist with your "factory production control" (FPC) Certification for your UKCA Mark - its here to stay.The Certification Body or Notified Body that will visit to audit your factory will expect to view a "documented system" of procedures that support your FPC - how you process a job from enquiry through to completion and then provide a "declaration of performance". Remember the law is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the UK Statutory Instrument and this requires the UKCA Marking for "construction products". The later product produced through an FPC. The sector is in fact self-regulating, through a system of supply chain integrity. Small and medium sized structural steel and aluminium enterprise owners understand their respective limitations and undertake contracts that are deliverable – its called self-preservation.www.assessment-register.co.uk
11 minutes | a year ago
AS 9100 WHY A BUSINESS PLAN?
As we're all aware by now, both the AS9100 and ISO 9001 Standard requirements “screams” business plan to the senior management team. This podcast is all about promoting the use of the “business plan” as the preferred “top level” management system document. Further recommending that organizations ditch and bin their “quality manual” for the more business practical and user friendly – business plan. And its worth keeping in mind, the following:1. All businesses need to have an effective and practical business plan...and2. All businesses need to engage business owners with "quality matters" [the Standards]...3. All businesses that fail to recognize the above 1 and 2 will struggle during CertificationThis podcast is a quick and simple explanation of the business plan, its content and linkages to PEAR’s – this AS 9100 requirement.The business plan should also consider commercial and technical "risk and mitigation" matters - the disaster plan through to supporting matters of planned recovery.
9 minutes | a year ago
AS 9100 - THE FUSS ABOUT PEAR's
Process effectiveness assessment report (PEAR's) and a simple overview of the requirements to ensure your compliance. Keep ahead of your audit and listen to this "podcast" for examples of PEAR's and KPI (key performance indicators).Where is AS9100 PEAR from and why? PEAR is an acronym that is used to help the auditor remember how to audit and fill in the audit report. The letters stand for P = people who do the job, E = environment the work is done in, A = actions that need to be performed, and R resources needed to do the job.All a bit naff, don't you think?So, again what is AS9100 PEAR form? PEAR is an acronym for "process improvement" and used as follows. P = process (identified as) E = effectiveness (measured by) A = assessment (of objective measures) R = report (presenting the data) for factual decision making "by the boss" and performance improvement.Nice PEAR,,, of course, your AS 9100 auditor will need the PEAR more than you! See the PEAR as a necessary evil for AS 9100 compliance.
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