What is a QMS?

Quality management systems—so many acronyms, so little time.

To help you get off on the right foot, here is a list of key acronyms and their definitions.

What is a QMS?

QMS stands for Quality Management System.

QMS software provides a centralized means of managing and tracking your Quality Management System.

Typical quality management software platforms are workflow-based, and provide intelligent routing to move quality-related events through different areas of the business to ensure product or service quality.

Most quality management software systems consist of document control, audit management, nonconformance tracking, corrective action and employee training. However, more comprehensive QMS solutions will encompass critical processes like supplier quality, life sciences compliance and risk management.

What is an EHS?

Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) is a series of laws, rules and regulations in the workplace designed to protect employees’ well being. Like a QMS, EHS processes can be automated to boost safety outcomes and serve as a catalyst for continuous improvement.

What is EHSQ?

There are several areas of similarity between your Quality and Safety programs. Both depend on a framework of processes that are documented, actionable, and measurable. Both require a way to spot and correct any instances of noncompliance. To put it simply, it’s a matter of doing two different jobs in remarkably similar ways.

These commonalities make modern, cloud-based QMS platforms a natural home for EHS processes. There are tremendous synergies to be gained by the integration of the two disciplines on a single software platform, called EHSQ. Breaking down the traditional silos between these two critical business functions gives organizations a holistic view of their EHSQ environment.

What is a QMS Audit?

A QMS audit is the process of systematic examination of a quality system carried out by a quality auditor or an audit team. It is an important part of an organization’s quality management system and is a key element in the ISO quality system standard, ISO 9001. QMS audits come in various forms, including:

  • Internal Audit
  • External Audit
  • Supplier Audit
  • Safety Audit
  • Risk Assessment Audit
  • Regulatory Audit
  • Validation Audit

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