Battling to understand deeply on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), CMU conducted the ISO9001:2008 Awareness on November 17, 2014 at the Nursing Hall. The activity was participated by the University officials, deans, directors, heads of units and offices and college secretaries.
The course objectives included making the participants aware, know and understand the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and to enable them to identify and implement these requirements in their quality system.
ISO 9001:2008 is a standard designed for a quality management system to assess the organization’s ability to meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. It is a worldwide federation of national standard bodies in which government and non- governmental organizations take part in the work.
In an upclose interview with UPIO Chief Efren Leo John V. Aribal, he said that the Speaker Engr. Helen Alian Evalle of HAE Consultancy and Training Services was able to transmit the messages effectively and efficiently on Quality Management Systems Requirements (QMSR). “She mentioned the three sources of cultures and these are the individual ( developed through childhood and hometown), school (influenced by leaders) and nation in which negative culture has been left. I really like the rules she gave us as participants. She asked us to give our hearts and minds, not allowed to close our eyes for 4 seconds or more, and in giving our hearts, we have to give the best. She emphasized that ISO is not a way of life, but a process approach input transformation to output. She revealed the Quality Management Principles such as customer focus, leadership (lead by example), involvement of people, process approach, system approach and continual improvement”, he added.
Part of the discussions were the standards on how to control the documents and records, management commitment, customer focus, quality policy, planning (quality objectives and quality system planning by the top management), responsibility, authority and communication ( management representative and internal communication), human resources, infrastructure, work environment, product realization, measurement analysis and improvement, role of management, communication between management, quality manual to define scope of system including exclusions and internal audits to confirm compliance to ISO 9001.
It was learned that in Europe, the national standard bodies which are also members of CEN (European Committee for Standardization) are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Den Mark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain , Sweden, Switzerland and Unite Kingdom.