Potentially a huge boost to the the spread and use of Lean Six Sigma ! The December 1st 2015 release of a new ISO Standard : ISO 18404 ; 2015
ISO 18404 : Competencies for key personnel and their organizations in relation to Six Sigma and Lean implementation
The principle improvements made in this standard over the previous standards ( ISO 13053 part 1 and part 2 ) are :
1) It recognizes both Lean and Six Sigma and how they compliment each other
2 ) It is designed to an AUDITABLE standard in which an organization ( and potentially individuals) can be CERTIFIED by ISO Registered Certification Bodies ( RCBs ).
The standard refers to ‘Lean and Six Sigma’ instead of simply ‘Lean Six Sigma’. The details of the mechanisms for becoming a ‘Certified ISO 18404’ organization will be similar to ISO 9000 / 9001 certifications. A Registered Certification Body (RCB ) will be required to audit the company processes to ensure compliance with the standard. There may also be a certification process introduced for Black Belts and Green Belts to the standard described in the document, however the details of this procedure have not yet been released.
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