We’ve translated the ISO/IEC 90003:2004 standard
plain English and then turned this detailed “translation”
into a comprehensive checklist. Our checklist can be
used in at least five ways:
learn about ISO/IEC 90003:2004 and
ISO 9001:2000 or to teach others about
ISO’s requirements and guidelines.
ensure that your activities comply with
the ISO 90003 quality management standard
(which includes ISO 9001 2000).
develop a quality management system
that complies with ISO/IEC 90003 (which
also includes ISO 9001).
audit your quality management system
to ensure that it complies with the ISO/IEC
90003 (and ISO 9001) standard.
perform a gap analysis in order to pinpoint
the gaps between the new ISO 90003 standard
and your organization's actual practices.
We’ve used a task oriented approach to
the ISO 90003 requirements and guidelines into plain
English. This means that our plain English standard
(checklist) consists entirely of tasks or actions. So if
you want to implement or apply the ISO 90003 standard
(which includes ISO 9001), all you have to do is carry out
the tasks that we have listed. However, you don’t have
to perform every single task – not every task is required
(mandatory). Some tasks are optional – some tasks are
guidelines only (recommendations or suggestions).
Whenever a task must be performed in order to
with the ISO 9001 requirements, we offer two response
options: TODO or DONE. If you haven’t done the task,
select TODO. If you’ve already done it, select DONE.
But whenever a task is merely an ISO 90003
recommendation or suggestion (a guideline), we
three response options: TODO, DONE, or N/A.
N/A if the task is not applicable in your situation. In other
words, whenever ISO 90003 makes a should statement
(a recommendation) or a may statement (a suggestion
or permission to perform a task), we’ve added an N/A
option to indicate that the task is not mandatory.
The N/A option is also added to every
section 7 task
because ISO 9001 says that you can exclude section 7
tasks if they are not applicable in your situation because
of the nature of your products. Whenever you decide to
ignore or exclude an ISO 9001 requirement, make sure
you’ve got a good reason. Make sure that you can justify
and explain why you’ve excluded it, and make sure this
explanation appears in your quality manual.
To the right of these two or three response
will also find a column that you can use to record your
comments, observations, or cross references. When
appropriate, we also use this column for notes,
explanations, and reminders.
IEC 90003 CHECKLIST (Chapter 8) pdf.
Our Checklist has 11 chapters and is 175 pages long.