Steve Allen said:
> This became a long-running joke in the morris dance community.  A few
> years back some English town councils decided to become ISO 9000
> compliant.  That required them to ascertain that all of their
> sub-contractors were also compliant.

Actually, it does nothing of the sort.

An organisation going for qualification must set up an ISO 9000 boundary.
Everything inside must conform to the processes, so anything coming in
through the boundary must be assessed each time it comes in.

The boundary can go around more than one organisation. So many organisations
find it easier to force their suppliers and sub-contractors inside the
boundary than to deal with stuff coming in. In other words, it's easier to
only buy widgets from ISO 9000 compliant suppliers than to provide an
inbound widget quality test department.

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