Another key factor in initiating an operative system is to apply for registration through a variety of options. The approaches for ISO include the standard approach and the Band-Aid approach. Most organizations opt for the Band-Aid approach, as this is more ideal for those who are rushed into execution and have an urgent date for completion. The standard approach refers to a unique and customized system that is created from the influence of one of its 20 essential elements.
Many types of suppliers choose the Band-Aid approach primarily because the organization has to deal with a huge amount of audits whilst producing desirable results for all types of clientele. Its main goal is to appeal to the customer and offer quick and helpful results.
The standard approach is used by organization’s that require registration. Quality management is not a determining factor in this type of approach and is viewed as another form of documentation that will please clientele. Organizations either use a quality management manual to help with the procedure or hire outside help, such as a consultant, to deal with the registration process. It is used to fulfill the required standards of ISO but without much concern for quality. While it does help the organization to receive registration, it typically does not help the organization in terms of structure or organization.
It should be in the organization’s best interest to come up with a superior system that allows it to run at its full potential and handle situations in the best and timeliest way possible. ISO encourages organizations to look at registration as a second step, after figuring out the way the organization will run their system effectively.
The best way to decide whether or not an organization is worthy of the ISO is to make comparisons against the requirements of ISO. This can be done by assessing the company either individually or by hiring a second or third party. The next step should be to come up with a plan that outlines important details such as dates, goals and responsibilities.
About the author:
Shruti Bhat PhD MBA Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is Pharmaceutical R&D and Continuous Improvement Director, Innoworks Canada
Shruti leads path-breaking product development programs such as Complex Generics, Nanotechnology and Targeted delivery systems for pharmaceuticals and natural products. Her mantra is to "Shorten development timelines, build quality-by-design, lean processes and bring products fast- to- market". Shruti integrates her proficiency in Design Thinking, Lean, Kaizen and other Continuous Improvement methodologies to improve R&D processes, productivity and profitability.
Shruti is Product Development & Continuous Improvement Advisor to several start ups, mid-size and growing firms in Canada, USA, India, Africa and other Emerging markets. Shruti has authored six books and is an invited speaker at several conferences and workshops.
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