Quality Management Systems (or a QMS, for short) cover everything in a Quality Plan and much more. Whilst a Quality Plan focuses on a single product, for example, a Quality Management System should cover all products, contracts and practices in an wider scope. The QMS focuses on managing quality across the entire range of the products in its remit, rather than just one. They will typically include:
A Quality Management System can be certified … it can be assessed against the ISO 9001 Quality Management standard. It doesn’t have to be, but it can be. Certifying introduces additional costs for certification, as an Certification Body comes to inspect your QMS and your business to ensure it complies with the standard. But why should you consider certifying?
ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised standard for Quality Management. Having a QMS certified as complying with it means businesses around the world will recognise your commitment to quality and meeting customer needs, but you don’t have to. It’s equally possible to meet the ISO 9001 standard and not certify. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of this later.
Clearly, the QMS is a far greater prospect to undertake, but did you notice the key difference?