David Burns's Podcast

David Burns

Based on 30 years of quality management expertise, David Burns founder of The Assessment Register is providing management and technical support to all those business manager's tasked with developing and implementing quality management systems. Free - don't you just love free! Our podcasts are normally short bursts of information to support your business compliance. The podcasts range from "how to manage remote auditing" through to "a full auditor training program". Please contact The Assessment Register if you'd like a "quality management" podcast "specific to your needs"... more than happy to support your business - info@assessment-register.co.uk Thanks for listening.

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Hello my name is David Burns of The Assessment Register and welcome to our "podcast".As the "podcast" name implies, this podcast is all about considering  and controlling potential "counterfeit" within your supply chain. The AS 9100, IATF 16949 and ISO 9001 requires a level of control to mitigate "potential" counterfeit .Whether alloys and electronic or software and certificates, counterfeit can creep into the supply chain. However, be very aware. Counterfeit is only counterfeit if proven to be counterfeit. Many AS 9100  and ISO 9001 auditors forget that a counterfeit part may not be a counterfeit, but a mistake without malicious intent.Within “quality management system” circles, we are all aware that the law will take precedence over a voluntary Standard. In addition, a legally binding contract will also take precedence over a voluntary Standard. UK law around “forgery and counterfeiting” talks about “intending to deceive” through knowingly “imitating a product” and claiming it is the genuine thing.This can be achieved by incorrectly-labelling the item, false or misleading certification, creating a similar brand, etc. things that will cause confused product messaging.The AS 9100, IATF 16949 and ISO 9001 present the case for “product identification and traceability” and now “prevention of counterfeit” parts. So, nothing new, but an important consideration for the quality management system. We recommend that prevention should be an integral part of the following:·         Supplier selection – known and quality assured suppliers·         Purchasing – terms and conditions that reminds about counterfeit matters·         Training – internal awareness training for those involved with the above and inspection·         Non-conformance – reporting and containing potential counterfeit items·         Reporting – to customer and the authorities …well that’s the summary… have a great listen and then visit: www.assessment-register.co.uk
Mar 17 2021
8 mins
Your One Day AS 9100 Training - Awareness, Auditing & Implementation... delivered by true practitioners... listen to this podcast for more information
An Excellent Opportunity to Attend our 4 Session Remote AS 9100 Training Programme, to include Internal Audit methodologies and best practice.Listen to this podcast for all you need to know about attending this remote training programme. We describe the 4 sessions, expertly designed as follows:1.       AS 9100 Awareness & Implementation2.       AS 9100 Technical Areas Discussion3.       AS 9100 Internal Auditor Training4.       AS 9100 Case Studies & WorkshopsCourse HistoryOur “remote training” course – is all about AS 9100 and aerospace quality management "best practice". Originally developed for our consultancy project clients, based on the need for practical understanding and not just talking about AS 9100 clause headings, but actual explanation about technical implementation in context with the organizational requirements.The course is divided over 4 x sessions, throughout 1 x day. This provides the opportunity to spread the technical load and absorb and consider the course content – ensuring your questions are geared for maximum benefit for your needs.You will receive:Your Personalized AS 9100 Training CertificateYour Copy of our AS 9100 PresentationUnlike many other AS 9100 training courses, our “remote training” course programme is delivered by true practitioners with an unchallenged reputation of ensuring Certification success. The course programme provides a unique blend of practical implementation advice against those awkward clauses of the AS 9100 – providing proven examples when required.We understand what the Certification Body requires from you to achieve AS 9100. Therefore, our primary focus is ensuring you successful development and implementation, through to compliance. We pride ourselves on delivering expertise for both improvement and technical compliance – we stand or fall by the quality of our AS 9100 training.Course ObjectivesOur “remote training” course programme is dynamic and encourages complete delegate participation. All delegates are asked to provide us with a series of questions in advance of attending the course, relevant to specific needs to ensure we balance the course to the group – and answer your specific questions.Our “remote training” is aimed at those already familiar with the requirements of "quality management systems". In addition, fir those seeking to have a better understanding of the aerospace and defence sector requirements - all your questions will be answered with a “no-nonsense” example to support compliance.Course TutorWith over 30 years of "quality management" and "conformity assessment" experience, within the private sector and government institutions. Successfully completed over 600 legal metrology, standards, testing and quality assurance projects within the UK and internationally. From AS 9100 to ISO 17025 and AQAP to CAA JAR 145, from engineering apprentice, compliance manager to senior civil servant... to include sector scheme development for trading standards... rest assured, our course tutor is a true practitioner that won't disappoint. System design and implementation techniques, through to in-process inspection and calibration requirements, from special process control to supply chain integrity... business strategy, risk and mitigation planning, FOD and counterfeit materials awareness.... rest assured, our course tutor is a true practitioner that won't disappoint. After listening to this podcast, contact and book your place. We can also deliver this training course programme one-on-one remotely or at your organization if preferred.Email: info@assessment-register.co.uk
Feb 14 2021
3 mins
What do we actually mean? The importance of Traceability – Its all about providing “confidence” and “integrity” within the supply chain. Everything to support the product specification and of course user (consumer) confidence and ultimately "brand image":From raw materials, such as – metals, alloys, carbon fiber, wood, packaging, food, etc. through to all matters of calibration – measurement integrity, standard reference materials for chemical analysis, legal metrology for trade, etc.That Paper Trail – We traditionally underscore our confidence with “a paper chase” (or pdf's) from the supplier of materials or components, for example:Certificate of conformity (against a technical specification or part number)Declarations of performance (against a directive for CE / UKCA Marking)Mill certificate (from the – well… the mill)Test certificates (from those within the “process” responsible for inspection / testing).However, remember…. just because you have the “paper trail” with a link to the “item” supplied, it does not mean that the material or product is correct or compliant.No.... ISO 9001 and AS 9100 only require the management of "traceability" and not material or product compliance... for that, we must delve deeper!Your customers are aware of the failures within the "supply chain" and that is why customer contracts state "supplying materials and components with certification from a quality assured and approved supplier - does not absolve you the supplier from the responsibility of ensuring material compliance". This "podcast" will provide the necessary guidance for your consideration about how you manage your supply chain integrity - risk and mitigation.
Aug 15 2020
13 mins
ISO 9001 - LISTENING TO AN ISO 9001 PODCAST OR A BEACH HOLIDAY?BANGING OUR OWN DRUMREMOTE AUDITING - …all the Certification Bodies are promoting the benefits...
"Remote auditing is here and here to stay”...it's all about planning... then taking the initiative... and of course, you've probably heard it from UKAS and loads of other Certification Bodies that, remote auditing is receiving positive feedback - excellent!This podcast is aimed at those on the receiving end of Certification Body and UKAS “remote audits” of Quality Management Systems - making life easier.A well prepared Quality Manager will support your auditor to become quick and slick. Ask your Certification Body auditor for a "pre-audit" check-list of questions with clause by clause auditing timing - this will help you to help them - drive down your Certification costs by simple preparation.Don't waste time "nattering" online. Keep to the audit plan. Feed you auditor with data and evidence. Ensure that you KPI's make sense - feed the auditor with facts. We have decided to provide a few suggestions prior to starting your audit. The main one is train the Quality Manager to be the "face of your business"; its all about presentation.This podcast is based on how to make the “remote audit” a success for those sitting on both side of the table, summarized as follows:1.       Contracts and non-disclosure agreements2.       Technology communication testing3.       Planning, timing and costing4.       Information and data media5.       Scope and duration6.       Culture and environmental perspective7.       Reporting the audit and follow-upThe “remote audit” is a completely different beast to norms of face to face auditing… it must be treated like a new technology… train yourselves on how to “present the case” for your business and quality management system.Require support? Please contact us at The Assessment Register...www.assessment-register.co.uk All the best.
Jun 10 2020
10 mins
CONTRACT REVIEW - ...you get it wrong here, your product quality is screwed... give contract review the time it deserves...THE INTERNAL AUDITOR - ...wave goodbye to the classroom... listen and learn
ASK US FOR YOUR "FREE" INTERNAL QUALITY SYSTEM AUDITOR CERTIFICATE REMOVING AUDIT ANXIETY - LISTEN & LEARNSoon the Certification Bodies will be back from "remote auditing" and asking you questions about your last 12 months of "internal auditing".  That said, Certification Bodies may never visit you again! Now there's a thought!!So, whether new to internal quality system auditing, or an old hand, listen and learn from our "podcast" and at the same time refer to our "free" kindle eBook from Amazon. Be prepared to present you case for internal auditing and reporting. Our internal auditor training is divided into 5 easy reference sessions:1. Developing audit concepts - why, where and when to audit2. The auditor - character and how to select the best auditor3. The audit - where to look, what to audit and who to ask4. Auditor skills - getting it right, with the correct information5. Reporting the audit - presenting the performance improvement case to management… with the primary objective of performance improvement and contract compliance.… you'll know as much as the Certification Body at the close of the podcast.For your FREE e-book (copy into your browser) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/INTERNAL-AUDITOR-NEXT-GENERATION-19011-ebook/dp/B078R8ZFMG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+internal+auditor+david+burns&qid=1588085929&sr=8-1The information contained in this publication is designed in such a way as to give knowledge and guidance to Quality Managers and Internal Auditors. The methodologies applied throughout this booklet are well proven and will deliver performance improvement – and your reputation as an expert Internal Auditor.
Apr 28 2020
38 mins
Remember the UKCA Mark is here and here to stay and so is EN 1090. The Construction Products Regulation (the CPR) and CE Marking will be accepted in the UK for 12 months and then bang! Its gone! Unless of course you are exporting to the EU. The question is... how many UK based structural steel fabrication and welding firms export to the EU. Keep in mind, the UK Statutory Instrument, the law requires the "type approval" of the product, produced through an effective factory process. The latter validated by a Notified Body with reference to the construction products regulation, the NSSS guidelines and of course production control the BS 3834 compliance.In the UK it is the UKCA Mark and BS 3834 and that will be our future. So, it's worth just getting on with reviewing your "factory production control" now to ensure compliance.Those already with EN 1090 certification, this will be an easy flip-over into the BS 3834.These Notified Bodies are listed by the EU. Our UKAS Accredited Notified Bodies will not be listed by the EU. Some of you may use a Notified Body that is Accredited by an EU country member Accreditation Body.The question is... if the UKCA Mark is not recognized by the EU post 1st January 2021, then will your UK customers recognize your EU based Notified Body and their "type approval" of your product for the UK market? Probably not!The Assessment Register is aiming to keep the UKCA Marking for structural steel and aluminium a simple matter; having in mind that we in the UK don’t generally have a problem with the structural steel and aluminium construction sector. Our aim is to provide the necessary information examples and points reference to assist with your "factory production control" (FPC) Certification for your UKCA Mark - its here to stay.The Certification Body or Notified Body that will visit to audit your factory will expect to view a "documented system" of procedures that support your FPC - how you process a job from enquiry through to completion and then provide a "declaration of performance". Remember the law is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the UK Statutory Instrument and this requires the UKCA Marking for "construction products". The later product produced through an FPC. The sector is in fact self-regulating, through a system of supply chain integrity. Small and medium sized structural steel and aluminium enterprise owners understand their respective limitations and undertake contracts that are deliverable – its called self-preservation.www.assessment-register.co.uk
Mar 31 2020
17 mins