Quality manual

(ISO 9001:2015)

The indispensable benefits of an ISO 9001 quality manual

Quality manual templateAlthough 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. Actually, there are no requirements to document your processes, or even have a quality manager!

Many businesses and operators of mature quality systems recognize the added value these elements bring to their QMS, and as such, retained and updated their ISO 9001:2008 quality manual and documentation to reflect the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 to better apply them to their business.

Why not use your quality manual to demonstrate your organization's ability to consistently provide product that meets customer, statutory and regulatory requirements, addressing the satisfaction of interested parties through the effective application of quality management.

Making your quality manual available on 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 it quality management sytem 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.

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 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.

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 nonconformities and continually improving.

If you're looking to purchase a quality manual, our quality manual templates, 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.

Why should you buy our quality manuals

Customers really value the in-depth content and the straight forward approach to implementation that the 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.

What's included with the ISO 9001:2015 quality manual?

The ISO 9001:2015 quality manual template is fully referenced with an editable sequence and interaction process map and includes operational procedures, internal audit checklists, internal audit programme, and a QMS tracker. Depending on your business's requirements, options include a choice of 10 or 16 quality system procedures, with either 32 or 42 report and form templates respectively, for more information, see the detailed specification.

Quality manual template example downloads

Example documents in .pdf format
Quality manual QMS Tracker
Sequence and interaction process map Gap analysis checklist
List of procedures, reports and forms Transition planning guidance
Turtle diagram and Process map Clause-by-clause interpretation
Correlation matrix and change summary Guide to internal auditing
Internal audit checklist QMS tracker
 

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