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ISO 14000 Environmental Management System

ISO 14000 was first published in 1996.  It was later updated in 2004.  The EMS standard is a global series of standards.  It was built on the ISO 9000 series to promote the process of standardization.

It is a set of voluntary environmental management standards and suggested technical reports that focus on environmental management systems, operating practices, products, and services. The general aim is to help facilitate international trade and commerce.  Organizations can all or part of the ISO 14000 series. They do not force performance targets, but provide organizations with the methods tools to assess and manage the impact of their activities on the environment.

ISO 14000 Standard follows these aspects of environmental management:

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

What is APQP?

APQP or Advanced Product Quality Planning is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. Effective product quality planning depends on a company's top management's commitment to the effort required in meeting customer specifications.

Phases of APQP

Planning and defining the program

This stage is designed to ensure that customer needs and expectations are clearly understood. The input of this phase is furnished by the contract review for full service suppliers.

Outputs Include

  • Design goals
  • Reliability goals
  • Preliminary bill of material
  • Preliminary process flow chart
  • Preliminary listing of special product and process characteristics
  • Product assurance plan
  • Management support

Suppliers can consider this phase of APQP equivalent to Design and Development Planning and Design Input in QS-9000

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