New ISO 21504 for PPM Project Portfolio Management

ISO 21504, “Project, programme and portfolio management – Guidance on portfolio management,” has just been released.  This new 1st Edition provides you with a standardized approach to managing what’s called “portfolios.”  This is a centralized management technique for the processes, methods, and technologies of project management.  It is a high-level view of the project-based activities within an organization and allotment of resources to handle those tasks.

Portfolio management is a relatively new concept, developed in the early 2000’s as a way to identify smiliarities between a wide range of projects, allowing for identification of traits, prioritizing, and so on.  It’s a top down approach to better manage a wide range of projects and similar activities within an organization.  As a management tool, it’s designed to help identify redundancies, risks, and opportunities.  However, it should not be confused with project management, since it is the management of a number of projects rather than of the project itself.

What will you gain by purchasing the ISO 21504?  The standard is designed to help you deliver organization value.  It does this by providing guidance in the following areas:

  • The principles of portfolio management
  • The prerequisites for portfolio management
  • Managing portfolios
  • Governance of portfolios (Informational Annex A)

Who should be using ISO 21504?  The standard has been written for executives and senior managers, for decision makers involved in this type of work, for the teams and individuals implementing and managing portfolios, and project and program managers and other stakeholders.

If you’ve determined that portfolio management can help you resolve corporate issues and mitigate risks by identifying the fastest and most fiscally responsible way to organize the various projects within your company, then the ISO 21504 is for you.  It provides you with a series of actionable items to organize and evaluate your portfolio structure.  And it provides you with the steps to assure your portfolio management structure is providing your organization with real value.

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CISPR 11 News

CISPR 11, “Industrial, scientific and medical equipment – Radio-frequency disturbance characteristics – Limits and methods of measurement,” has been updated.  The new Edition 6.0 is available in paper format, for pdf download or as a redline edition from Document Center Inc.  This new 2015 update replaces both the Edition 5.0 from 2009 and it’s Amendment 1 from 2010.  It is a technical revision.

Your CISPR 11 is the go-to document for emission limits for RF disturbances in the frequency range of 9 kHz to 400 GHz for what’s termed ISM equipment (Industrial, Scientific and Medical.)  This type of equipment is designed to generate and/or use locally radio-frequency energy.  IEC notes that this equipment can include RF lighting equipment and UV irradiators, however induction cooking appliances are covered in CIRPR 14-1.

What’s new in CISPR 11 2015?  Here’s what IEC says:

“It introduces and permits type testing on components of power electronic equipment, systems and installations. Its emission limits apply now to low voltage (LV) a.c. and d.c. power ports, irrespective of the direction of power transmission. Several limits were adapted to the practical test conditions found at test sites. They are also applicable now to power electronic ISM RF equipment used for wireless power transfer (WPT), for instant power supply and charging purposes. The limits in the range 1 GHz to 18 GHz apply now to CW-type disturbances and to fluctuating disturbances in a similar, uniform and technology-neutral way. For these measurements, two alternative methods of measurement are available, the traditional log-AV method and the new APD method. It has the status of a Product Family EMC standard in accordance with IEC Guide 107, Electromagnetic compatibility – Guide to the drafting of electromagnetic compatibility publications (2014).”

For many of our customers, just knowing the basics of what types of changes are in a document is not enough.  With the stringent requirements of GAP analysis these days, having a redline edition makes the line-by-line analysis of a new update much more exacting.  This is why IEC is making a redline edition available for CIRPS 11.  This copy has all the changes from the previous edition to the new one marked clearly.  However, you do want to know that this redline edition is not an official edition of the document.  It is being providing for your information only.  You still need the official Edition 6.0 copy in order to be compliant.

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New Revision for IEC 61340-5-3 – ESD protection

IEC 61340-5-3, “Electrostatics – Part 5-3: Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena – Properties and requirements classification for packaging intended for electrostatic discharge sensitive devices,” has just been revised.  The new Edition 2.0 is available from Document Center Inc. now.  It updates the Edition 1.0 from 2010 which has become obsolete.

The standard defines the ESD protective packaging properties needed for electrostatic discharge sensitive devices (ESDS) during those products’ life-cycles.  The test methods you’ll need to use for this are referenced in the standard and performance limits are also provided.

Of course, if you use the IEC 61340-5-3, you’ll want to know what the changes are in this new edition.  First of all, the reference to ANSI/ESD STM11.13 (“Two Point Resistance Measurement”) have been removed and replaced by references to IEC 61340-4-10 (“Electrostatics – Part 4-10: Standard test methods for specific applications – Two-point resistance measurement”).  This IEC publication was taken directly from the 2004 Edition of the ANSI/ESD document.

You’ll recognize the ANSI/ESD standard as a publication from the EOS/ESD Association here in the U.S.  If you use the ANSI/ESD STM11.13, you’ll want to know that there is a new 2015 Edition available.  Since the 2015 Edition replaces the 2004 Edition adopted by the IEC publication, we may see an update of the IEC 61340-4-10 document as well.

Secondly, the Edition 2.0 of the IEC 61340-5-3 has additional notes for Table 1 and the addition of a new Table 3.  This new Table 3 is related to the ESD classification symbol and the primary function code.  It’s a 3 column table.  The first colum is the primary function code itself, the second column defines the primary function the code references, and the 3rd column is the ESD classification symbol.  It’s a useful addition to this publication.

Now you’ll need to get your copy of the updated IEC 61340-5-3.  Turn to Document Center Inc., an authorized dealer of the IEC standards.  Use our webstore to search for and order a wide range of standards.  Or go directly to the order page for IEC 61340-5-3 now.

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What’s the difference between ISO 10012 and ANSI Z540.3?

“What’s the difference between ISO 10012 and ANSI Z540.3?”  This is a question that gets raised when folks are trying to determine which calibration standard is best for them.  And it’s also generated by those of you trying to decide what standard is your best replacement for the old MIL-STD-45662.  Let’s take a look at each of these important calibration standards to see how they’re similar and different from each other.

First of all, let’s review the ISO 10012, “Measurement Management Systems – Requirements for Measurement Processes and Measuring Equipment.”  This standard provides “generic requirements and … guidance for the management of measurement processes and metrological confirmation of measuring equipment…”  You’ll use it to show that your equipment complies with specific tolerances (metrological requirements) and that your management system supports your calibration system.

The ISO 10012 covers the topics of management responsibility, resource management, metrological confirmation and realization of measurement processes and the analysis and improvement of your measurement management system.  There’s also an informative Annex A that gives you an overview of the metrological confirmation process.  The 26-page document also includes specific guidance throughout the body of the text, boxed information that clarifies various procedures.

The ANSI Z540.3, “Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment,” is much more focused on calibration itself rather than the management of the same.  So your sections (apart from the usual scope, referenced documents and definitions that both standards have) include information on:

  • General Requirements
  • Calibration system implementation
  • Calibration system assessment and improvement

Detailed information is provided on such topics as records and data control, competence and training, calibration equipment and personnel, and so on.  And as a final note on the document, the ANSI Z540.3 is the successor document to the old ANSI Z540.1.

Now we’ve taken a look at both the ISO 10012 and ANSI Z540.3.  To wrap the discussion up, the ISO 10012 standard is more of a management overview of one’s calibration system whereas the ANSI Z540.3 is a focused document with specific requirements for the control of accuracy for calibrating measuring and test equipment.  Either or both will make suitable replacements for the MIL-STD-45662, the old Mil Standard on calibration.  You’ll want to choose between them based on your specific needs.

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ISO/IEC TR 27023 – GAP analysis help for ISO/IEC 23001 and ISO/IEC 23002

ISO/IEC TR 27023, “Information technology – Security techniques – Mapping the revised editions of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002,” has just been released.  It contains a group of three tables that will help you “map” where the requirements of the older edition of each has moved in the newer one.  While it’s not a complete redline for the two standards, it does provide you with tracking where specific requirements or controls are now located.

The three tables in the 26-page ISO/IEC TR 27023 cover the following documents, editions and directions:

  • ISO/IEC 27001 2nd Edition (2013) to ISO/IEC 27001 1st Edition (2005)
  • ISO/IEC 27002 2nd Edition (2005) to ISO/IEC 27002 3rd Edition (2013)
  • ISO/IEC 27002 3rd Edition (2013) to ISO/IEC 27002 2nd Edition (2005)

Why is the ISO/IEC TR 27023 helpful?  It provides a factual correspondence between the old and new revisions of the ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 respectivly.  This will be the starting point for your analysis of the changes that have been instigated by the newer editions of each standard.  Just remember:  The Technical Report does not provide any further information on content changes or the rationale or impact of those changes.  You’ll have to do your evaluation of the effect the new requirements will have on your product or service independent of this report.

The committee has made the following note:  “For ISO/IEC 27002, the comparison was based on control objectives, controls, and implementation guidance.”

Who should use the ISO/IEC TR 27023?  Folks who have implemented the 2005 Editions of one or both of the “target” standards will find this useful when migrating to the 2013 Edition requirements.

What other information is in the ISO/IEC TR 27023?  Other than the usual introductory material, the scope, referenced documents and definition sections, the technical report is solely comprised of the three comparison tables.

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What is a Notified Body?

When our customers are working on exporting products to Europe, a common question is “What is a Notified Body?”  Similar to the U.S. system for registered Certification Bodies, Notified Bodies are accredited by a given European Union member state to certify that a product meets a particular Directive and Standards.  Let’s take a look at what that means.

Under the New Approach for using standardization to support legislative mandates of the Directives system, the need for certification of certain critical products was apparent.  While it was deemed appropriate for any number of imports and domestic goods to be self-certified, there are some things that have a significant impact on public health and safety.  The Harmonized Standards system of the New Approach is complemented by the certification program of the Notified Bodies.

Since as yet there is no “United States of Europe,” the member states of the EU still have an essential role to play in many enforcement activities.  So when it comes to insuring that goods covered by such directives as the Medical Device Directive and the like, each member state can authorize one or more certification organizations to review the specifics of product conformance to various New Approach legislation.

When you have a product that’s covered by a Directive that has a Harmonized List of Standards, one way to import that product into the European Union is to have it certified by a Notified Body or it’s affiliates.  This allows for the use of the CE mark which you’ll include along with the appropriate paperwork when your product is transported into the EU jurisdiction.

What companies are Notified Bodies?  There’s quite a list of them!  One easy way to check this out is to go to the NANDO database.  Here you can locate any of the currently authorized certification organizations, along with those organizations outside the EU that are authorized by way of MRA’s (Mutual Recognition Agreements).

One important aspect of the New Approach, the Harmonized Standards, and their Directives, is that meeting the requirements of specific Harmonized EN Standards can allow for what’s called the “Presumption of Conformity.”  This means that by using standards on the Harmonized List of Standards for specific Directives, you can meet specific clauses in that Directive itself.

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ISO 9000 2015 Final Draft Edition

ISO 9000, “Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary,” is on track to be released as a new 2015 Edition in September.  For those of you who would like to take a look at the final language now in preparation for upcoming changes, the ISO 9000 Final Draft is available.

One of the first questions people have is “What is a final draft?”  A final draft is the finished standard as written by the authoring committee.  At the final draft stage, it is submitted to the voting population of the standards developer for acceptance or rejection.  Once the vote has taken place, if it is successful the draft is handed over to the publishing arm of the organization for release.

Is a final draft an authorized standard?  Actually no.  Since it is the document that is submitted for a final vote by an association at large, it does not have any legal weight.  Only the accepted version will be authorized.  So for example,  you will not use the ISO 9000 2015 final draft as a replacement for the actual 4th Edition that should be publicly available September 23, 2015.

What is in the ISO 9000 2015 Final Draft?  The ISO 9000 itself is an overview document, with information on quality management principles and terms and definitions that support the proper use of the ISO 9001 requirements document.  So you must use ISO 9001 in order to register as “ISO 9000″ compliant.  However, during your preparation phase the use of the ISO 9000 will provide you with a background on quality to support your implementation of the quality management system.

Since there are significant changes both to management systems in general (harmonization of concepts and standard formats) as well as to the upcoming ISO 9001 2015, it stands to reason that the overview document ISO 9000 would need technical changes as well.

In the review of the fundamental concepts and principles, you’ll find important guidance on such topics as rationale, key benefits, and possible actions.  Further there are some new concepts in the ISO 9001 2015 like documented information.  You’ll find good definitions of these new terms in the ISO 9000 2015 final draft.

Who should be using the ISO 9000 2015?  For anyone with an interest in the quality management scheme (ISO 9001 and it’s variants) or in management systems in general (ISO 14001, ISO 22000, and so on), the ISO 9000 is a useful publication.  So both suppliers and customers who are interested in quality or certification, standards developers,  and those involved in quality training should be using this standard.

Why should I get a copy of the ISO 9000 2015 final draft?  If you want more information on the changes to the quality management concepts in order to facilitate the transition to the new ISO 9001 2015 Edition that should be released in September, the ISO 9000 final draft can be of assistance.

Why would I want to wait for the ISO 9000 2015 Edition instead of purchasing the ISO 9000 2015 final draft?  You  may prefer to wait if you only want to purchase one copy of the new material.  If you purchase the final draft, you will need to buy the authorized edition when it comes out in September.  Also, you will have up to three years in order to make the transition from the old version of the ISO 9001 to the new one.  So you may feel that there is no urgent need to get started already.

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New AMS QQ-N-290 C Released!

AMS QQ-N-290, “Nickel Plating (Electrodeposited),” has been updated.  The new Revision C is available in paper format and for pdf download from Document Center Inc., an authorized distributor of the SAE Standards.  This is the first revision of the standard since Revision B from 2009.

What is the AMS QQ-N-290?  It is the successor document to the old Federal Specification QQ-N-290, of the same title.  With Mil-Spec reform in the mid 1990’s, SAE took over the administration of a number of government specs and standards.  This is one of those documents.

What does the AMS QQ-N-290 C cover?  It provides the requirements for electrodeposited nickel plating typically used on steel, copper and copper alloys, and zinc and zinc alloys.  However, other applications are also covered.

What are the changes in the new Revision C for AMS QQ-N-290?  SAE standards are reviewed every five years.  During the latest review for AMS QQ-N-290, a number of items surfaced that were out-of-date.  So updates have been made to referenced documents and to processes that need to be brought into line with current government and industry specifications, including other AMS standards.  Other updates and changes have been made in the area of hydrogen embrittlement prevention.

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New ISO 14001 2015 Final Draft released

ISO 14001, “Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use,” is now available as a final draft for the upcoming 2015 Edition.  This final draft document contains the final wording submitted by the committee to ISO for approval and publication.  It is expected to be issued as the authorized 2015 Edition on September 23, 2015.  You can get a copy if you need it from Document Center Inc., an authorized distributor of ISO standards.

What is the ISO 14001 2015 Final Draft?  A final draft is the last stage in the ISO process towards publication as an authorized standard, technical specification, guide or other authorized release.  It is the document that contains the final text for adoption and publication.  It is not an authorized edition so it cannot be used in lieu of the eventual 2015 update.  However, it can certainly be used for gap analysis and preparation for transition.

When will the authorized ISO 14001 2015 Edition be released?  This new 3rd Edition is slated for public release at the end of September.  This 3rd Edition will be the authorized edition, so if you purchase the final draft you will need to repurchase the 3rd Edition as well.

What are the changes to this new update?  Firstly, all the management standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and so on) are all being reformatted in order to provide consistency.  This will allow those organizations that certify to more than one management standards scheme to better meet the requirements of them all.  Then there are changes meant to improve the focus on leadership as well as to better integrate and highlight environmental management into a company’s strategic planning.

Additionally, ISO notes the following updates in the new edition:

  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
  • Improving environmental performance added
  • Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
  • Addition of a communications strategy

How much time do I have to make the transition?  You will need to transition to the new 2015 Edition of ISO 14001 within three years of the publication date of the authorized revision.  Some companies try to be ready by their next audit, others take the full three year transition period.  You may want to work with your registrar to set up your schedule.

Who can help me make the necessary changes within my organization?  If you already have a trusted registration company, it’s likely that they have plenty of written material to assist you.  You may also want to take a look at the transition planning document for the ISO 14001 put out by the IAF, International Accretitation Forum.  This publication provides suggestions for ISO 14001 certified companies, for the CAB’s (conformity assessment bodies, one of which you’ll choose for registration) and the accreditation bodies that certify the CAB’s.  Again, registrars are likely to have the best information to help you make a smooth transition.

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ISO 9001 2015 Final Draft issued

ISO 9001, “Quality Management Systems — Requirements,” final draft for the 2015 Edition has been formally released.  You can get your copy of this draft document from Document Center Inc. now.  It is the last issue from the committee for this new update and contains the exact language of the soon to be accepted and published ISO 9001 5th Edition.  Release of the official copy should be on September 23, 2015.

What is the final draft for ISO 9001?  A final draft is the text that is submitted for final approval and publication.  It does not have any official legal weight.  You cannot use it in place of the official edition that will be released in the fall.

Why purchase the ISO 9001 draft?  You might purchase a copy of the final draft in order to review the language that will be adopted and published by ISO.  This “preview” will enable you to do gap analysis and other internal activities with confidence prior to the official release of the new edition.

Will I have to purchase the ISO 9001:2015 in September?  If you use the document and are planning to conform with the updates, you certainly will have to get a copy of the official release later this year.  Remember, the draft and final draft copies are not valid for certification or any legal issues that might crop up.

What kinds of changes will I find in the new issue?  Here are the sections of the standard that have been updated:

  • Section 4 on the context of the organization
  • Section 5 on leadership
  • Section 6 on quality management system planning
  • Section 7 on support
  • Section 8 on operation
  • Section 9 on performance evaluation
  • Section 10 on improvement

Here are concepts that have been extended or added:

  • “Products” are now “Products and services”
  • “Suppliers” are now “External providers”
  • “Documentation and records” are now “Documented information”
  • “Work environment” is now “Environment for the operation of processes”
  • “Purchased products” are now “Externally provided products and services”
  • The terms “Exclusions,” “Management representative,” “Documented procedure,” “Quality manual,” and “Preventive action” have all be removed from the standard
  • “Leadership” and “Risk” have been added.

There are a lot of resources out there for you to use in order to make the transition from the ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.  If you do not already have a trusted registrar or service, be sure to research your potential vendors carefully.  Many reputable companies and consultants have provided information on the ISO 9001 transition on their websites.  Read a few and see which communicate effectively and offer services geared to your kind of organization.

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