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From the President & CEO: Baskar Kotte
To our Valued Clients and Partners, Welcome to our July 2022 Enhance Quality Newsletter by QSE. Our Team has proven our dedication to sharing, communicating and informing our Clients and Partners on the Industry’s best practices and trends. QSE has been helping organizations navigate through these challenging and difficult times. We are fortunate that we have excelled in the realm of offering our Services Virtually.
We have been adding to our portfolio several new schemes / certifications over the last year. These include TISAX, VDA, ITAR, ISO 17020 and ISO 10993. Reach out to schedule a call.
QSE has a proven track record and are excited to share that over the last 12 months, 100% of our clients have successfully passed their Certification / Re-Certification audits with ZERO nonconformities – Now THAT’S what we call a SUCCESS!
QSE is proud to be your dedicated Partner, providing Services for over 800 companies with an Un-Matched success rate through our 10- Step Approach™. This is a tried-and-true process that we would love to continue to share with current and perspective Clients and Partners.
We welcome you to partner up with our Team at QSE and let’s continue this momentum throughout 2022 and into 2023.
Please feel confident knowing, that when you schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you achieve your goals, you will realize that the entire process will be completed as quickly, simply and easily as possible.
In the News
TISAX is an assessment and exchange mechanism for the information security of enterprises and allows recognition of assessment results among the participants. If you want to process sensitive information from your customers or evaluate the information security of your own suppliers, TISAX supports you in reducing efforts.
One of your partners requested that you prove that your information security management complies with a defined level according to the requirements of the “Information Security Assessment” (ISA).
Establishing and maintaining an information security management system (ISMS) is already a complex task. Proving to your partner that your information security management is up to the job adds even more complexity. Please refer to the TISAX Participant Handbook for further information.
VDA 6.X Quality Management System certification
The VDA 6.X Quality Management System certification is an extension of ISO 9001 for the automotive industry as required by automotive manufacturers in Germany.
Both the IATF 16949 and the VDA 6 certifications share their roots in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The VDA 6 is classified into two areas; management and products & processes.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
While IATF 16949 and VDA 6.1 are only mandatory for automotive manufacturers, VDA 6.2 is required for automotive service providers and VDA 6.4 is required for automotive tool and machine manufacturers. Experts from the automotive industry work together in the VDA’s Information Security working group to develop common standards and appropriate protective measures. One major result of this cooperation is an industry standard for information security assessments, the VDA Information Security Assessment (ISA) catalog. The updated Version 5.1 of the VDA ISA catalog is available https://www.vda.de/dam/jcr:5f5a7fd5-cb64-45a3-807b-ef37ea89b788/VDA_ISA_5_1_EN.xlsx
The VDA recommends that companies involved in the automotive industry’s value chain establish information security based on this VDA ISA.
It contains industrywide approved requirements for information security and is the basis for assessments to determine the level of information security (Information Security Assessments).
The VDA ISA catalog is also the basis for the TISAX industry model, which ensures cross-company recognition of information security assessment results. The VDA has called in the ENX Association as a neutral body to manage and support the TISAX model. Further information on TISAX can be found at https://portal.enx.com/de-de/TISAX/.
The VDA ISA catalog was fundamentally revised in 2020 and optimized both in terms of structure and content. The focus was on making work with the catalog simpler and more efficient, thus reducing effort for companies and auditors. With version 5.1, in addition to linguistic corrections, the protection goals with regard to requirements for high and very high protection needs in the “Information Security” spreadsheet were supplemented. There were no changes to requirements.
In establishing and maintaining an appropriate level of information security, the member companies are supported by the document “Recommendation on Information Security” and the VDA ISA catalog.
Having successfully completed the VDA process for several organizations, let us at QSE assure your success today!
Step 1 of the 10-Step Approach: Awareness Training
What is the Specific Standard Benefits of the Specific Standard Terms/Concepts/Principles Understanding the Specific Standard Structure Implementation Difficulties QSE’s 10-Step Approach™ to ISO (or any) certification is designed and perfected to cost-effectively prepare facilities to successfully pass Certification Audits with minimum or no nonconformities? QSE’s ISO Consultants emphasize developing simplified, documented Management Systems which meet or exceed the requirements of any ISO standard requirements.
This 10-Step Approach™ has built-in disciplines to involve all Employees, including Top Management, right from the beginning to achieve long-term, desired results. The Focus of Awareness Training is to get the involvement and buy-in of Top Management and Support Personnel. The Training focuses on: We at QSE, develop personalized Training for each Client to ensure that everyone understands the Standard, the Benefits and most importantly, their ownership to assisting with the development, implementation and compliance to the Standard.
Westrock Company- Headquartered in Norcross, GA. Westrock is a multidivisional company that offers various products such as: Paperboard, Containerboard, Folding Cartons, Promotional displays and specialty printing and packaging. Being one of the largest paperboard and containerboard companies in North America, Westrock has partnered up with QSE to not only develop and implement to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard, they have maintained it and been Re-Certified with minimal Nonconformances. Our congratulations go out to the team at Westrock!
Let me take a moment and thank all at QSE, and their many satisfied clients in welcoming me to join this great firm. I am looking forward to working with our staff, current and future clients in providing the service and support that you have come to expect from QSE. Please come back to see our future newsletter and Blog posts to see all the new offerings that we have in store. You can reach out directly to me by phone or email: 561.373.4800 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scott has led several Certification Bodies (CB’s) sales and marketing activities / growth and expansion. His roles have included focusing on expanding sales and the development of services, sales and marketing activities for all divisions nationwide and globally. Advising Executive Management on market opportunities and related staffing, training and investment needs. Liaising with all levels of management and leadership. Scott has a successful track record in sales encompassing Aerospace, Automotive, Data Security, Food Safety, Quality certifications, training and business management. As a Degreed Engineer with many years of industry knowledge, we are proud to have Scott join our team, helping to provide a higher level of service for customers and their ever-changing demands of quality requirements from your customers and from industry. Welcome aboard Scott!
Geoff Hager has two years’ experience as Quality Manager in a converting operation, four years as Quality Supervisor in a corrugated manufacturing facility, thirteen years as a project manager and two years in sales. He worked his way to these positions by starting as an auditor and has hands on experience in daily operations and ISO 9001.
In the mid-1990s he began writing his first ISO work instruction and ultimately assisted in implementing ISO 9001 in 3 facilities. He also implemented FSC and SFI chain of custody systems while serving as quality manager.
Mr. Hager has assisted with 10 plus facilities implementing ISO Quality, FSSC, ISO Information security, food safety systems and safety programs since joining QSE. Welcome aboard, Geoff