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Quality manual

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Our range of templates cover the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018, and offer an easy way to implement your next management system.

Benefits of a quality manual

Quality manual templateOrganizations often address the requirements of the standards by preparing a management system manual and by implementing procedures to control processes.

Although ISO 9001 no longer requires the quality manual as a mandatory document, it is perhaps still the most important part of any modern quality management system.

Many businesses and operators of mature quality systems recognize the added value these elements bring to their operations and their quality management system.

Quality manual basics

Ensure the quality manual addresses all relevant requirements of ISO 9001, and that exclusions from Section 8, Operation; are documented in the quality manual as appropriate.

Operational procedures should be included or referenced in the quality manual, and interaction between the processes of the quality system should be documented (e.g. process map, flowcharts, etc.).

The quality manual is often used as the normative basis of reference to international standards, and when used internally provides an overview of the ISO 9001:2015 requirements and processes.

Communicating the quality manual

Communicating your quality manual via the intranet or internet actively encourages engagement with stakeholders, employees, customers, suppliers and other interested parties. As a top-level, controlled document, the quality manual is often used as a business and marketing tool with the following indispensable benefits:

  1. Communicates business strategy;
  2. Defines how customer needs are identified, met and monitored;
  3. Marketing tool for promoting the organization and communicating its quality management system externally;
  4. A tool to establish and imbed organizational credibility and accountability;
  5. Documents management system scope;
  6. Documents management system processes;
  7. Communicates sequence and interaction;
  8. Communicates the quality policy;
  9. Communicates the quality objectives;
  10. Relevance to products and services, and sector;
  11. References documented information;
  12. Outlines core expectations;
  13. Attracts pre-qualification offers;
  14. Documenting and explaining exclusions;
  15. Alignment and compliance to standards and regulations;
  16. Certification/registration and Pre-audit reviews;
  17. Well-defined procedures and processes
  18. Supplier audit reference;
  19. Useful induction tool for new staff;
  20. Greater visibility of quality assurance for products and services.

Quality manuals allow you to demonstrate the quality of what you do for your customers, employees and stakeholders and will help embed best practice into your organization.

If you're looking to purchase a quality manual, our quality manuals, procedures and audit checklists are trusted by thousands of small businesses and globally recognized brands to reduce the risk of non-conformances and corrective action during the implementation, operation and certification of an ISO 9001 quality management system.

Quality manual scope

The scope of your quality manual should capture the structure and interactions of your business and its quality management system, delineate authorities, inter-relationships and responsibilities of personnel, provide reference to the procedures, forms, reports, process and activities that it describes.

The quality manual demonstrates implementation of the ISO 9000:2015 quality management principles and how they are adopted into daily operations as a way to provide a foundation for detecting and preventing non-conformities and continually improving.

Need a quality manual template?

Our ISO 9001 quality manual template, procedures, forms, and audit checklists provide the robust framework required for implementing a compliant, process-based quality management system.

Optional guidance documents and additional procedure templates are available to help you meet the quality management requirements of ISO 9001:2015, whatever the size and scope of your operations!

By developing the quality manual and procedures to align with the concepts, guidelines and terminology given in ISO 9000:2015, ISO 9004:2018 and ISO 19011:2018, the quality manual templates and procedures deliver clear, concise and well-documented content that provides long-term value for money!

Quality manual template example downloads

Quality management documentation examples in .pdf format
ISO 9001:2015 quality manual template QMS Production Control Plan
QMS Context Procedure QMS Process Interaction
QMS Internal Auditing Procedure QMS Turtle Diagram
QMS Inspection Procedure QMS Non-conforming Process Outputs Process Map
QMS Context & Interested Party Analysis QMS Clause-by-clause Interpretation
QMS Process Matrix & Application QMS RCA & Corrective Action Guidance
QMS Corrective Action Request QMS Internal Audit Guidance
 

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Our quality manual, audit checklists, procedure templates have been successfully implemented by thousands of businesses globally to reduce the risk of minor, or major non-conformances during certification audits.

Customers really value the in-depth content and the straight forward approach to implementation that the quality manual templates provide, while Certification Bodies such as BSI and UKAS, as well as independent External Auditors, have commented upon the high-level of detail and excellent presentation standard of the documents.

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