Corrective actions are realising and defining a problem, containing the problem, determining its cause, and taking appropriate action to prevent it from happening again. Corrective actions should be considered as a reactive response to a problem, since it is taken when a non-conformance is detected, for example, from a customer’s complaint.
It is important to consider the difference between corrective action and preventative action. Corrective action is taken to eliminate the causes of non-conformities, or other undesirable situations so as to prevent a recurrence. Preventative action is taken to prevent the occurrence of such non-conformities, this is generally as a result of a risk analysis.
There are multiple reasons why you would need to conduct a corrective action process, which can include
Corrective and preventative actions include stages for: investigation, action, review, and further action. This aligns with the PDCA philosophy that is at the heart of management systems.
Root cause analysis is a method of problem-solving used for identifying the root cause of faults or problems. Root-cause can be considered the core issue, or highest-level cause that set-in motion the cause-and-effect reaction that led to the non-conformance. There are multiple ways that you can look into the root cause, which can broadly be broken-down into the following tools:
At AvISO we can help your organisation not only identify the non-conformance through internal audits, but we are also passionate about ensuring that where there has been a non-conformance, it is dealt with systematically to ensure that it does not reoccur, and you continually improve the effectiveness of your management system.
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