USCG Crackdown on TPO Inspections of Quality Management Systems

On March 31, 2020, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) updated CG-CVC Mission Management System Work Instructions CVC-WI-005(2) Request For Recognized Organization Internal Quality Management System Review – “Quality Case” to inform USCG Marine Inspectors to “evaluate situations where objective evidence indicates that a potential failure of a Recognized Organization (RO) or a Third Party […]

Benefits of R2 Certified Recycling

Electronic waste is all too often making its way into local landfills or being exported to countries where it is improperly disposed of, posing a significant threat to the local people and the environment in general.  Responsible Recycling Practices Standard, known as R2, was facilitated by the EPA and developed by recycling stakeholders to promote […]

Changes to the Washington ISGP: Are You in Compliance?

The new Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP) for the state of Washington went into effect on January 1, 2020 and contains many changes from the 2015 permit that affect both current permittees and businesses that were previously not covered by the permit. Major changes include: When applying for coverage, applicants must identify their industrial category […]

Remote Compliance Support for Essential Operations

Last night, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which requires Washingtonians to stay home for at least the next two weeks to flatten the curve of the COVID19 pandemic and keep our healthcare system functioning. This order is crucial for the health of our community. It also highlights just how many sectors […]

COVID-19: We’re Here to Help with Remote Compliance

The COVID-19 pandemic is traumatic from all angles. We’re worried about the health of ourselves, our loved ones, our community, our economy—the impacts are far-reaching and potentially long-lasting. Social distancing is critical, but so is food and shelter. At Freer Consulting, we are fortunate to be able to work from home, to earn a paycheck […]

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System: Important for Your Business, and Required for R2 Standard Certification

The ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted environmental system that will increase efficiency within your company, and is needed for getting certified with other leading environmental standards. Keeping an eye out for the environment in this day and age should not only be a top priority for ourselves, but for our businesses as well. Implementing […]

ISO9001:2015 Updated Standard: Putting Emphasis on Leadership in a Quality Management System

Certain key factors play crucial roles when leaders aim to maintain and eventually fulfill a vision in a quality management system (QMS). The ISO9001 updated standard serves to highlight the importance of reliable and compatible leadership in the overall effort to maximize efficiency and maintain continuous improvement.  View our white paper to learn more about: […]

APIQR Scope of Registration Update

The American Petroleum Institute Quality Registrar (APIQR) is reviewing all scope statements to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021 Conformity assessment. APIQR will do this in three phases: Phase 1 – Review existing scope statements and update those with grammar errors and vague and/or non-auditable activities/products. Phase 2 –Validate facility scope statements in audit reports […]