The ISO Standards Compendium: ISO 9000--Quality Management is now in its seventh updated edition. The 436-page tome includes the latest versions of the entire core series of the ISO 9000 family of international standards, including final draft standards. ISO published its first version of ISO 9000 in 1987. The new book also contains the associated ISO 10000 series and four additions that ISO teams still are developing. Among the newcomers are Part 1 and Part 2 of ISO 10012. Part 1 contains general quality assurance requirements for the control of measuring equipment. Part 2 provides guidance on how to apply statistical process control to achieve objectives of Part 1. For information on ordering the seventh edition of the publication, visit http:www.iso.ch/infoe/catinfo.html on the Internet.
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