Quality is desired by all, in everything and in everything, it involves confronting ourselves in obtaining, promoting and offering. It is a beginning made up of a series of challenges both at the level of organizations and at the level of the consumer.
Challenges are the component parts of a gear that you must constantly control and improve, through knowledge and perseverance.
This is why any product, process or system can be made visible by knowing and correctly applying the documents of the quality management system. The quality management system has a primary role in planning, conducting, keeping under control and improving any process carried out within the organization.
Through a correct quality management, the satisfaction of the organization's clients is increased and implicitly its development, thus ensuring the premises for the expansion of the sales market and the diversification of the range of executed products.
In order to be recognized for its merits in terms of quality or to determine the degree to which it has succeeded in achieving quality, an organization may opt for:
- certification - is the procedure by which the third party guarantees in writing that a product, process or service is in accordance with the requirements of a given norm.
- evaluation - is a global and systematic examination of the activities and results of the organization, taking as a reference a determined model of excellence.
- self-evaluation - is a global and systematic exam that the own organization carries out, according to its activities and results, taking as reference a determined model of excellence.
In the case of certification, the ISO 9000 series is a set of quality assurance standards, designed to give the customer confidence in meeting his needs. The realization of the norm, chosen as a reference, gives the organization the opportunity to obtain the certification.
A certified quality management system demonstrates the organization's commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Confidence in the ability to produce "quality" of an organization is the basic premise for fruitful cooperation. Quality, which means the quality of processes and results, is and will always be an important, if not the most important, competitive factor. The eight principles of quality management are a means to guide the company towards the proposed goals and to continuously improve performance.
Quality assurance means the set of activities designed to ensure confidence that a product or service will meet quality requirements. The international standard ISO 9001: 2008 is a generic standard. Its objective is to establish international requirements for the quality management system in any field (producers, services, creation). The main advantage of ISO 9000 standards "is that they are the result of an international consensus on how to establish reliable quality systems that can be easily verified by the buyer, his representative or an independent body".
Quality management is what organizations practice to ensure products and services in accordance with the requirements of its customers. An ISO 9001: 2008 certificate proves that the quality management system meets all the requirements of this international standard. Whoever sets his standards wins, "everyone else starts with a disability: first they have to learn your standards, which have become international and the basis for certification." The design of the quality management system begins with the identification of the products (scope) and on this basis, going upstream, of the processes that govern them. Once we reach the processes, we start their investigation, we collect data (control of records), we analyze them, we establish, we implement, we follow actions and so always, cyclically.
Fulfilling the organization's policy and objectives in the field of quality lead to:
- gaining customer trust
- increasing customer satisfaction
- continuous improvement of the general performance
- active and systematic adaptation to changes in market conditions
- employee satisfaction
- improving performance
- transparency and efficiency of the internal processes of the organization
- avoiding errors instead of correcting them
- saving time and money
The application of complex quality management techniques contributes to achieving the strategic objectives of excellence and dynamism, supports the increase of operational efficiency and cost reduction by developing processes with safe operation and optimal regulation, also ensuring a balance between product and service quality.