The Best of Oxebridge

The Best of Oxebridge

Get up to speed quickly on key problems facing the industry, and related reporting by Oxebridge, by skimming our “best” articles, chosen entirely by ourselves!

Quality Professionals: Embrace Blockchain or Perish

Quality professionals must learn and understand blockchain, as it will impact on their work and lives in short order; they must also ensure that the technology is not corrupted by the usual suspects, such as ISO.

What A Better Third-Party ISO 9001 Audit Might Look Like… and Cost

There is much discussion over whether the current third party conformity assessment structure is effective for ISO 9001 end users and their customers. So let's spitball a little... what might a more robust audit program look like, and what would it cost end users?

Forget FIFA, Investigate the IAF

The World Trade Organization provides six core principles that must be followed by standards developers such as ISO, lest they risk international trade sanctions; ISO has violated all six.

IAF Clears UKAS in Response to Allegations of Gross Misconduct, Accreditation Violations

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has cleared the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) of all the allegations made against it by Oxebridge in a high-profile complaint filed in January. The Oxebridge complaint specifically alleged UKAS was in breach of its obligations under ISO 17011, as well as UK law, by failing to enforce accreditation rules on two of UKAS' certification bodies, LRQA and BSI.

File Shows Portugal and IQNet Duplicated Their Comments on DIS 9001

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has cleared the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) of all the allegations made against it by Oxebridge in a high-profile complaint filed in January. The Oxebridge complaint specifically alleged UKAS was in breach of its obligations under ISO 17011, as well as UK law, by failing to enforce accreditation rules on two of UKAS' certification bodies, LRQA and BSI.

Read ANSI CEO Joe Bhatia’s 2012 Testimony before Congress

From a talk given at a closed event in February 2015, this discussion looks at why ISO 9001 certification body auditors routinely perform poorly, and how the current lack of training, as well as psychological factors which arise during the audit experience, ensure auditors will remain poor performers. Includes steps which must be taken to reverse this trend.

Is it Time for a Class Action Lawsuit Against ISO 9001 Registrars?

In 2012 ANSI CEO Joe Bhatia testified before the US House Committee on Space, Science and Technology, and assured the Congress that all was well with both ANSI the organization and its' two primary functions: standards development and conformity assessment oversight. As we know, both are entirely off the rails, and have been so for years.

How does ISO 9001:2015 Stack Up Against Deming’s 14 Points?

The official and final comments file on ISO DIS 9001:2015 shows that the comments entered by IQNet and the Instituto Português da Qualidade (IPQ) of Portugal were identical, resulting in the comments having double the influence of any other member.

US TAG Elections – A More Serious Look

It's generally accepted in the quality profession that W. Edwards Deming's "14 Points for the Transformation of Management" are considered a revolutionary way to view quality, and have been successfully used in major manufacturing organizations. Yet ISO 9001 has never much embraced Deming's 14 points. The new ISO 9001:2015 standard had an opportunity to correct this, but did they? Let's see how the new standard stacks up.

Let It Go, Let it Go – SN9001 is Dead

Pressing for electoral reform within the US TAG to ISO TC 176 is a first step in fixing the institutionalized cronyism within ANSI's TAGs, and to correct course on the disastrous ISO 9001:2015 draft due to be published later this year.

The Importance of ISO 9001 End User Advocacy

There is much discussion over whether the current third party conformity assessment structure is effective for ISO 9001 end users and their customers. So let's spitball a little... what might a more robust audit program look like, and what would it cost end users?

IAAR Presentation Leaks Insider View of New Accreditation Rules

From a talk given at a closed event in February 2015, this discussion looks at why ISO 9001 certification body auditors routinely perform poorly, and how the current lack of training, as well as psychological factors which arise during the audit experience, ensure auditors will remain poor performers. Includes steps which must be taken to reverse this trend.

Did BSI Certify BP’s DeepWater Horizon?

With this week's ruling by the IAF -- through its cohort the EA -- clearing UKAS despite overwhelming evidence of failure to enforce accreditation rules, it's become evident to the world that the ISO 9001 certification scheme is meaningless.

Bransky, IATF Need to Address Takata Airbag Scandal

In 2005, Roger Bennett of the registrar trade group Independent International Organization for Certification (IIOC) pushed for a relaxation of the rules prohibiting ISO 9001 registrars from consulting, on the argument that such rules were illegal and restricted free...

Oxebridge Files Complaint Against Bureau Veritas Alleging Consultant Conflict of Interest

Every day the IATF doesn't address the Takata airbag issue, name the registrar involved, and give a valid explanation as to how this happened on their watch, is another day that the ISO certification schemes descend further into disrepute. If Joe Bransky is willing to take credit for when things go right, he should step up and reveal -- with honest clarity -- what happened when things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Move by CASCO Will Kill ISO 9001 “Registration”

Oxebridge has filed a 14-page complaint against accredited certification body Bureau Veritas alleging that it failed to properly police marketing claims made by GreenBizCheck, an ISO 14001 consulting firm. Oxebridge alleges that BV was impacted by a financial conflict of interest, due to an exclusive relationship whereby BV provides special certification services for GBC's "Gold - Silver - Bronze" environmental certification.

Quality Digest Columnist Slips, US TAG Isn’t Interested in Consensus

Every day the IATF doesn't address the Takata airbag issue, name the registrar involved, and give a valid explanation as to how this happened on their watch, is another day that the ISO certification schemes descend further into disrepute. If Joe Bransky is willing to take credit for when things go right, he should step up and reveal -- with honest clarity -- what happened when things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Takata Airbag Debacle Raises Questions About TS 16949 Certification

Oxebridge has filed a 14-page complaint against accredited certification body Bureau Veritas alleging that it failed to properly police marketing claims made by GreenBizCheck, an ISO 14001 consulting firm. Oxebridge alleges that BV was impacted by a financial conflict of interest, due to an exclusive relationship whereby BV provides special certification services for GBC's "Gold - Silver - Bronze" environmental certification.

Registrars Rank Highest in Google Searches for QMS Consulting

The three plants were operated by Takata subsidiary Inflation Systems Inc. (ISI), found to have been manufacturing the defective airbag systems that killed five people to date, were ISO/TS 16949 certified. So far, the registrar hasn't come forward, and finding records of the certifications is proving difficult.

Oxebridge Submits Complaint to IAF Alleging UKAS Violations

The three plants were operated by Takata subsidiary Inflation Systems Inc. (ISI), found to have been manufacturing the defective airbag systems that killed five people to date, were ISO/TS 16949 certified. So far, the registrar hasn't come forward, and finding records of the certifications is proving difficult.

Through CASCO, ISO Certification Bodies Write Their Own Rules

The restriction against consulting is routinely ignored by CBs, who provide unending "opportunities for improvements", all under the direct watch of their Accreditation Body overseers, like ANAB and UKAS. In fact, CBs are now so bold about it, they include such "specific solutions" right in their audit reports.