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Quality Assurance – is it for start-ups?

In today’s world where start-ups are constantly innovating and changing the way we do business, a reminder – Quality is an essential and integral part of doing business. All successful CEOs / MD will tell you, establishing a high-level QMS should be a priority no matter the size and nature of the organisation – manufacturing, production, food-service, healthcare, etc.

Quality systems are lawful principles, based on a country basis or even better using a ISO 9001:2015 system is accepted globally. The basic role of the quality management system is to document the rationale for any decision or change you make to assert that it’s the right decision. An effective quality system not only provides a competitive edge by directing the organization toward enhanced performance but furthermore, it is an integral factor in mitigating product and business risk by detecting and preventing defects along the way.

QMS does not just specify the overall design of the product, the wider scope allows companies to make decisions on how they operate, the design functions, the manufacturing requirements, suppliers, entering overseas markets, regulations, etc

 

Things to keep in mind while implementing an effective Quality system:

  • Quality is all about documentation and following up on the non-conformance’s. Documenting every step is critical, especially where decisions have to be made.
  • The Sr. management team is always accountable and should be involved in the overall process of managing Quality. Skills management, choosing appropriate staff and more importantly training is essential in managing an effective system. Moreover, knowing the organization’s strategy to market and with a clear vision of business needs can help determine which will be the most suitable quality processes and procedures to implement as well as the proper timing for implementation.
  • The use of external suppliers is a cost-effective way of doing business. This could be from manufacturing to IT outsourcing. It is critical to write down and document criteria used in selecting the supplier and ensuring you have complete control on the supply chain.

As early-stage start-ups concentrate on essential quality elements as a cost-effective and productive way to get it going. At a bare minimum, look at a few aspects of a quality system, such as – document control, design control, risk management process, training and leadership. As the product and business evolve, other elements such as process and production controls, purchasing, supplier controls, need to be added. Having an effective corrective action management tool could go a long way in making this process a breeze and effectively managing the system.

Securing the services of a quality assurance expert, by employing an external consultant or a full-time resource, to offer an objective Is a powerful and effective solution for start-ups. While many quality Assurance professionals carry auditor training and QA manager certifications, Start looking for people that have hands-on expertise in a new enterprise, especially consultants that have transitioned to commercial or successful acquisition.

Start-ups can also benefit by using a SaaS Based compliance tool such as iComplied that would have advantages of having a total cloud established a program with real-time info. With company Programs, IComplied is the ideal partner in the pursuit for Quality compliance.

If you’d like to learn more about paperless compliance for your internal auditing needs, iComplied offers an easy-to-use mobile platform at a reasonable price so that the upfront time and money needed to switch over to this new and improved method for conducting internal audits is minimal.

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