wecandoitIf you live in the US and want to see improvements in ISO 9001, here’s the laziest possible way to do your part, with only two mouse-clicks.

First, click here. That will open up your email program. Then click send. Done.

You’ve just sent a message to the Chairman of the US TAG to TC 176, the committee responsible for writing ISO 9001, to let them know you support a revision to the Chair election rules which currently allow for institutionalize cronyism. Under the current rules, the Chair may hand-pick their successor, and then hold a sham election whereby members are only allowed to vote on that single candidate. This ensures the leadership never really changes, and damns the US to another decade of poor and ineffectual representation of US interests in Geneva.

If you’d like to do more, because (perhaps) you didn’t switch to decaf after all, then you can join the US TAG, show up at their Washington DC meeting this coming August, and make a formal motion for the rules to be revised. To join the TAG, click click here and ask for the US TAG 176 membership application.

Why do you have to join? Because the TAG won’t reveal the location of their meeting to non-members. I’m not kidding; according to Julie Sharp of ASQ, meeting details “are posted for TAG 176 members and are a benefit of being a member.” Apparently eating donuts and drinking bad hotel coffee while pretending to work on international standards is such a high-security operation, the meetings are secret, too.

Remember, America. Apple pie is made of sweat, steel and democracy. If you hate democracy, you hate apple pie. And probably your own mother, too.

First, click here.  Then click send. Done.



About Christopher Paris

Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001 and Surviving AS9100. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.


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