Quality management system The term Quality management has a specific meaning within many business sectors.

This specific definition, which does not aim to assure 'good quality' by the more general definition (but rather to ensure that an organisation or product is consistent), can be considered to have four main components: quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement. Quality management is focused not only on product/service quality, but also the means to achieve it. Quality management therefore uses quality assurance and control of processes as well as products to achieve more consistent quality. Evaluation Quality management is a recent phenomenon. Advanced civilizations that supported the arts and crafts allowed clients to choose goods meeting higher quality standards than normal goods. In societies where art responsibilities of a master craftsman (and similarly for artists) was to lead their studio, train and supervise the on, the importance of craftsmen was diminished as mass production and repetitive work practices were instituted. The aim was to produce large numbers of the same goods. The first proponent in the US for this approach was Eli Whitney who proposed (interchangeable) parts manufacture for muskets, hence producing the identical components and creating a musket assembly line. The next step forward was promoted by several people including Frederick Winslow Taylor a mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He is sometimes called "the father of scientific management." He was one of the intellectual leaders of the Efficiency Movement and part of his approach laid a further foundation for quality management, including aspects like standardization and adopting improved practices. Henry Ford also was important in bringing process and quality management practices into operation in his assembly lines. In Germany, Karl Friedrich Benz, often called the inventor of the motor car, was pursuing similar assembly and production practices, although real mass production was properly initiated in Volkswagen after World War II. From this period onwards, North American companies

focused predominantly upon production against lower cost with increased efficiency. Principles Quality management adopts a number of management principles that can be used by top management to guide their organizations towards improved performance. The principles include:
Customer focus

Since the organizations depend on their customers, therefore they should understand current and future customer needs, should meet customer requirements and try to exceed the expectations of customers. An organization attains customer focus when all people in the organization know both the internal and external customers and also what customer requirements must be met to ensure that both the internal and external customers are satisfied.
Leadership

Leaders of an organization establish unity of purpose and direction of it. They should go for creation and maintenance of such an internal environment, in which people can become fully involved in achieving the organization's quality objective.
Involvement of people

People at all levels of an organization are the essence of it. Their complete involvement enables their abilities to be used for the benefit of the organization.
Process approach

The desired result can be achieved when activities and related resources are managed in an organization as process.
System approach to management

An organization's effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its quality objectives are contributed by identifying, understanding and managing all interrelated processes as a system.

Continual improvement

One of the permanent quality objectives of an organization should be the continual improvement of its overall performance.
Factual approach to decision making

Effective decisions are always based on the data analysis and information.
Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

Since an organization and its suppliers are interdependent, therefore a mutually beneficial relationship between them increases the ability of both to add value. These eight principles form the basis for the quality management system standard ISO 9001:2008.
ISO 9001

A practical method for helping service sector companies, particularly in developing countries, to implement ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems has just been published by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). ISO 9001 has evolved considerably since its inception, and is now much more applicable to a broader range of business types.BS5750, as it was originally known, arose out of production line style manufacturing this emphasis however caused many problems with its use and interpretation when endeavoring to apply it to the service sector type businesses that have proliferated since the 80s.In 1987 the BS5750 name was dropped in favor of the international standard, known since by its generic convention ISO9000, and the use of The Standard then grew throughout many other industrialized countries. the next update in this renowned QMS was held in year 2000 now it not only dealt with conformance of

quality but also covers many of the wider issues concerned with managing a business, as well as laying greater emphasis on the key areas of customer focus, people involvement, and importantly, continuous improvement. Still ISO 2000 was victim of criticism after the new amendments the a very recent update to the Standard was released in late 2008 and the now current version to which organisations will be assessed is ISO 9001:2008. ISO 9001 delivers actual business benefits and service improvements is in its implementation with wide range of standards within the ISO 9000 family.
Quality improvement

There are many methods for quality improvement. These cover product improvement, process improvement and people based improvement. In the following list are methods of quality management and techniques that incorporate and drive quality improvement: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created the Quality Management System (QMS) standards in 1987. They were the ISO 9000:1987 series of standards comprising ISO 9001:1987, ISO 9002:1987 and ISO 9003:1987; which were applicable in different types of industries, based on the type of activity or process: designing, production or service delivery. The standards are reviewed every few years by the International Organization for Standardization. The version in 1994 was called the ISO 9000:1994 series; consisting of the ISO 9001:1994, 9002:1994 and 9003:1994 versions.

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