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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:19

An Old Reference to Plan Do Check Act

Written by  PETER JOYCE

Why bother with international standards if we have the USA ANSI/NFPA1600, the British BS25999, the Singapore SS540, and others such as the Australian APS 232? Why not, if it leads to improvement? Throughout history we have seen the emergence of great nations simply on the back of standards and innovative ways of doing things. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) gives us the opportunity – as one global nation – to develop a way of working that meets all our needs and ultimately results in many other benefits later on as the standards evolve. We have seen this in the re-introduction of the quality management standard – ISO 9001:2008, for example – which was republished in 2008 on the back of the initial publication in 2000. Fundamental to the stone age was the “round wheel,” other nations have been famous for the standard design of their swords, political structures, ways of operating, ship