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Conference to Assist with ISO 9000 Process

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Conference to Assist with ISO 9000 Process

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Receiving ISO 9000 certification for international trade is not the end of the road in proving a company's qualifications. Instead, the certification means that a company is on the right track, but there's a lot of work involved maintaining that certification.

"The standard was just rewritten," said Karla Marshall, who heads the Moore-Norman ISO 9000 Training Center at the Moore-Norman Vocational-Technical Center. "We just received the new set of standards in July. They are now ready to be issued to companies wanting them.

"This proves that just receiving the ISO 9000 certification does not mean that the work is done. Companies must continue to work to maintain that certification and to keep up with changes."

To that end, the center and the OG E Business Resource Center in Oklahoma City are collaborating on a one-day conference for ISO 9000 Aug. 19 at the Moore-Norman Vo-Tech, 4701 12th Ave. NW in Norman.

"We were talking and wondering how we could help Oklahoma companies that are going through this, or those that already have gone through it," Marshall said. "We will have a program of representatives from three companies that have achieved certification who will talk about the process and the problems they encountered and how they solved them.

"One of the objectives of this conference is to allow Oklahoma companies to use each other as a resource, to understand that they can call upon one another to see if mutual problems have occurred and how they were solved.

"Already in an informal way this is being done. But we feel there needs to be more of it done. Oklahoma companies can be a good resource for other Oklahoma companies.

"We want to make it so that executives from Oklahoma companies feel comfortable calling others to find out about problems and what they have done and achieved after becoming certified. They've go to come to know each other so they can build off that alliance."

Certification to ISO 9000 standards means that a company's manufacturing process meets standards set out by the International Organization for Standards. Nearly all European companies, a lot of Asian companies and now North American companies require their vendors to have achieved ISO 9000 certification, Marshall said. …

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