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ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook - updated for the ISO 9001:2008 standard

Using the standards as a framework for business improvement

Whether you are establishing a quality management system for the first time or improving your existing system, this best-selling guide to effective quality management using the ISO 9000 family of standards as a framework for business process management (BPM) and improvement is an essential addition to your quality bookshelf.

For newcomers to the field and those needing a refresh on the fundamental principles, quality expert David Hoyle covers the crucial background including the importance and implications of quality system management, enabling those seeking ISO 9001 certification to take a holistic approach that will bring about true business improvement and sustained success.

Packed with insights into how the standard has been used, misused and misunderstood, ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook will help you to build an effective management system, help you decide if ISO 9001 certification is right for your company and gently guide you through the terminology, requirements and implementation of practices to enhance performance.

With chapter headings matched to the structure of the standard and clause numbers included for ease of reference, each chapter now also begins with a preview to help you decide which to study and which to skip. The book also includes essential concepts and principles, important issues to be understood before embarking upon implementation, different approaches that can be taken to achieving, sustaining and improving quality, and guidance on system assessment, certification and continuing development. Clear tables, summary checklists and diagrams make light work of challenging concepts and downloadable template report forms, available from the book's companion website, take the pain out of compiling the necessary documentation.

Don't waste time trying to achieve certification without this tried and trusted guide to improving your business—let David Hoyle lead you towards a better quality management system and see the difference it can make to your processes and profits!

Quality Managers; Quality Auditors; Business Managers and Analysts; Quality and Business Consultants for manufacturing and service organisations; IT specialists; Directors of SMEs; Training and education sectors; Members of quality organizations and associations, including the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) in the UK and the American Society of Quality (ASQ) in the US.


Published: May 2009

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-684-2


  • Putting ISO 9000 in context
    Defining and characterizing quality
    The importance and role of stakeholders
    Anatomy of the standards
    A practical guide to using these standards
    A flawed approach
    A systems approach
    A process approach
    A behavioural approach
    Establishing a quality management system
    Documenting a quality management system
    Document control
    Management commitment
    Customer focus
    Quality policy
    Quality objectives and planning
    Responsibility, authority and communication
    Management review
    Determining and providing resources
    Human resources
    Work environment
    Planning product realization processes
    Customer-related processes
    Design and development
    Production and service provision
    Monitoring, measurement, analysis and improvement processes
    Customer satisfaction
    Internal audit
    Measurement and monitoring of products and processes
    Control of monitoring and measuring equipment
    Control of nonconforming product
    Analysis of data
    Continual improvement
    Corrective action
    Preventive action
    Self assessment
    System certification
    Beyond ISO 9001 certification
    Related web sites
    Related standards


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