The Pizar award is named for John Pizar, an active leadership team member of  the ASQ Merrimack Valley Section for over 40 years. Click here for details and recipients.

ASQ RU Updates...Did you know?

ASQ Members should be aware of several opportunities to earn more RU’s than in prior years.  These may not be well known and should be considered when working toward or applying for recertification:

  • Meeting Attendance:  Meeting attendance now earns 0.5 RU’s / Meeting, up to a maximum of 11.0 RU’s.  This was 0.3 RU’s per meeting in prior years.
  • ASQ Membership: ASQ Membership now earns 0.5 RU’s / Year, up to a maximum of 1.5 RU’s.  This was not available in prior years.
  • Monthly Member Gift Bundles (]:   Most ASQ Monthly Gift Bundles offer Webcasts, which earn 0.1 RU’s / Hour of Home Study in the Professional Development Category (maximum of 9.0 RU’s.) Note that ASQ’s e-mail notification for the March 2018 is incorrect.  You will only earn 0.6 RU’s by viewing all the video content (not 5 RU’s as stated in the e-mail).

The number of RU’s currently offered for professional activities is available in the current ASQ Recertification Journal ( .

Certified Manager of Quality /Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) Review Course

Mondays 5:30 PM


Limited Seating Available!

Register by February 25, 2019

ASQMV Dinner Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2019 

ISO 13485:2016 Supplier Controls—Best Practices that Make Sustainable Change

The changes to ISO 13485:2016 have placed additional emphasis on Supplier Controls. As more companies outsource more of their processes or become virtual, the expectation are controls are implemented. What are the big problems found during the ISO audits? What are the best practices?

During this presentation, we will review the ISO Requirements and some of the best practices that are being used in industry. In addition, we will cover the use of proactive tools such as The Total Risk Factor™ and Total Cost of Ownership. These tools will not only help compliance, but they can reduce your overall Cost of Quality (appraisal).


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American Society for Quality
Merrimack Valley Sec. 0102
PO Box 275
North Andover,  MA 01845-0275

The Pizar Award