What is quality assurance?


Quality assurance is the process designed to give both management and the customer the confidence that your organization will deliver the quality product or service the customer expected.

Quality assurance entails the processes of conducting tests on the product or service to maintain consumer safety and satisfaction. Business or engineering academic backgrounds are the base for a quality assurance specialist. The QA specialist focuses on developing management and process procedures that your business implements within your quality management system to make sure that production of goods are safe, useful and produced in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Two questions you want to ask yourself

Would you pay an organization for good or services if you lacked trust in the company?

If you lost confidence in that company, would you keep paying them?

Of course, you wouldn’t. Your business would go out of business if you kept that organization because your customers would lose confidence in you.

How do you build confidence?

In line with the popular television ad that asks, “What’s in your wallet?” you need to ask yourself, “How do I build customer confidence in my product or service?”

Looking at the three facets of assurance you can see where on a continuum your business falls in creating customer confidence.

Process assurance

Companies verify their product with project reviews and development processes development to see that these processes are properly documented and followed.
Product assurance. Companies are able to demonstrate that the product is built that complies with the customer’s requirements. They do this by verifying that every product complies with its specification and by validating that the end product meets the customer’s requirement. For example using ISO 9001 terminology this set of procedures falls under verification and validation.
Quality system assurance. Companies demonstrate that the quality management system conforms to established best practice using either ISO 9001 or some other standards required by the customer. This is done using QMS audits and process improvement initiatives.

Quality assurance benefits

Quality assurance is proactive, supporting the idea that defective products are the result of defective processes. By fixing the processes, the business will improve the product or service quality. This mindset yields these real benefits:

Attract and keep customers

A successful organization that can produce objective evidence of consistent production of a quality product or service is more likely to be a commercial success. One fundamental way this is demonstrated is by having an ISO 9001 certification.

Find and correct non-conformances quickly. QA identifies process problems and starts corrective procedures quickly before a defective process produces a defective product.
Management confidence. An effective quality assurance function provides management and customers with confidence that the business’s quality management procedures are in place and operate as they should.

Management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “…the only thing that happens naturally in an organization is the descent into randomness.” Quality assurance is not a natural function of a business and so must be creatively proactive to prevent entropy.

Quality assurance creates effective communication

The QA system must have a sound communication strategy in place in order to be able to communicate to clients/customers, management/staff and governing agencies. This strategy needs to be one that minimizes the amount of time spent clearing up any misunderstandings or the need to repeat information to various entities.

For example if a local board of regulations is concerned about your quality assurance systems, you will be able to show within a timely manner with documentation proving that you are complying with requirements.

Your QA department might consider publishing organizational press releases to educate the public on your programs, products and services. This will also lead potential customers toward having confidence in your products/services and your business.


Quality assurance is the process designed to give both management and the customer the confidence that your organization will deliver the quality product or service the customer expected. Using ISO 9001 certification is an excellent way to ensure confidence.

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How to Evaluate ISO 9001 Consultants


Evaluating ISO 9001 Consultants doesn’t have to be an arduous process provided you know what to look for. If you determine that it would make sense for your organization to hire a third party to help you facilitate your ISO 9001 registration, then following these tips will help you identify the right person or group to help you not only complete the paperwork but also to implement a successful quality management system that benefits your organization from soup to nuts.

First, be sure to pick someone with an excellent track record. You want someone that is proven and that can deliver a binder full of references, or better yet if you can have a peer of yours refer you to someone that they worked with, then all the better.

Second, make sure that whomever you investigate can prove that they possess the necessary background and set of resources to deliver according to your unique needs. Oftentimes, consultants are notorious for showing up with premade spreadsheets that they try to apply to every scenario. Do they take the time to understand what makes your organization unique?

You also want to make sure that personalities match. There is a human factor at play in every instance so be sure that you can get along on a personal level with this person. Your organization has a culture and it’s important that this consultant realize this so that they can enact a quality management system that your people will embrace. If they are perceived as an outsider, it can undermine the whole entire system. So make sure that this person fits in with your company and commands the respect of your employees.

Selecting the best ISO consultant as your quality management partner can be the difference between having a successful system or one that utterly fails. A consultant who extensively understands the your business, has thorough expertise of registration requirements and process, and who has solid relationships with registrars can help you avoid expensive mistakes and circumvent barriers on your roadway to ISO certification and registration.