Corrective and preventive actions are important parts of a quality management system (QMS) , but sometimes it can be difficult to tell these two processes apart.
A corrective action deals with a nonconformity that has occurred, and a preventive action addresses the potential for a nonconformity to occur. Section 8.5.2 of the ISO 9000 standard says corrective action eliminates the cause of nonconformities to prevent recurrence, and section 8.5.3 says preventive action determines and eliminates the causes of potential nonconformities to prevent occurrence. In a nutshell, one deals with what has happened and the other attempts to stop something from happening.
Many auditors recommend using separate procedures and forms to document each type of action. The standard doesn’t say this must be done, but there is a heavy implication that it should be done.
One way to understand these processes is to break down what is required for each one:
Corrective Action Process
Preventive Action Process
Both corrective and preventive actions require effective communications. In addition, both require clear documentation of actions taken and lessons learned. Documenting, controlling and communicating corrective and preventive actions ensure appropriate action is taken within a reasonable timeframe and the resulting changes are effective.
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The benefits of a corrective action program are immeasurable, and in the oil and gas industry, these programs are an integral part of any quality management system. An effective corrective action system works to identify the root cause of an issue, generates action plans to reduce or eliminate the chance of recurrence, and provides for evaluation of solution effectiveness.
That being said, some companies struggle with implementing an effective corrective action management program. Below are some of the key elements of a successful corrective action program.
1. Have the right people leading your corrective action program.
Put together a team to evaluate potential members for the program. Make sure that the people chosen understand the issue in question. Team members must have first-hand knowledge of the process being assessed.
2. Evaluation of Issue
The corrective action team should collect data on similar issues that have occurred in the past. Subsequently this information needs to be analyzed and evaluated to determine applicable root causes.
3. Develop Corrective Action Plan
The corrective action plan should identify the root cause of the issue, containment actions as well as specific action taken long term to reduce or eliminate the chance for a recurrence. Finally, ensure that the corrective and preventive action plan is properly communicated with applicable personnel within the organization.
4. Create Compliance
Once the corrective action has been implemented, utilize the evaluation results to drive your corrective action impact. The impact analysis will create benchmarks and pinpoint opportunities for process improvements.
Effectively managing your corrective action program is critical to your success. To find out how Accupoint can help improve the effectiveness of your corrective action program, please contact us today.