By: Vener Quintin C. Taguba, Jr.
NAMRIA was re-certified for ISO 9001:2008 after hurdling the sixth surveillance and reassessment audit conducted of the agency’s Quality Management System (QMS) by the Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIP)
According to the CIP, in their letter from President and Managing Director, Mr. Renato V. Navarrete to NAMRIA Administrator Peter N. Tiangco, NAMRIA’s ISO 9001:2008 Certificate of Registration, with the core process of “mapping and geospatial information management” as scope, has a validity of three years from 05 October 2015 to 14 September 2018, subject to satisfactory results of semi-annual surveillance audits. With the recent revision of ISO 9001, NAMRIA intends to aim next for certification to ISO 9001:2015.
According to the ISO website at link http://www.iso.org/iso/iso9001_revision, all ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace and that ISO 9001:2015 is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems. ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is described in the website as “the world’s leading quality management standard.”
NAMRIA Administrator Tiangco gave the go signal for the agency to start its quest to work towards ISO certification in 2011 and since then has very well supported all of the requisite activities. The initial NAMRIA ISO QMS Committee became the NAMRIA ISO Core Team with Deputy Administrator Efren P. Carandang as QMR and Director John Santiago F. Fabic as NAMRIA Deputy QMR now (QMR). NAMRIA first successfully achieved certification to ISO 9001:2008 or QMS standards officially on 02 October 2012.
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