QMO, TUV SUD Philippines complete ISO 9001:2015 transition seminar series

The Quality Management Office (QMO) and TUV SUD Philippines, Inc., co-organized the delivery of awareness and transition courses to facilitate UST’s seamless transition from ISO 9001:2008 (Process-based Quality Management System) to ISO 9001:2015 (Risk-based Thinking) in four batches held from July to October 2016. The trainings were held on July 14-15, July 19-20, September 26-27, and October 5-6, 2016.

QMO Assistant Director Engr. Nestor R. Ong, PIE, ASEAN Eng, said that the training sessions were aimed to ensure UST’s early and smooth transition to the new 9001 version, which gives the organization greater ownership of its processes and places greater accountability on top management.

Ong emphasized that understanding the changes in the new ISO 9001 standards is important and the two-day training will help the participants to be equipped with the changes that UST is about to face. This training is structured to provide the needed information for the UST to transition with confidence.

QMO Director Assoc. Prof. Joehanna K. Ngo, PIE, ASEAN Eng, quoting Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO Subcommittee that developed and revised the standard, said that “the changes in the 2015 edition are more evolutionary rather than revolutionary.”

The 2015 version is less prescriptive and focuses on performances. “One of the key changes is establishing a systematic approach in considering risk. Risk-based thinking now forms an integral part in the operational and strategic planning process,” said Ngo.

The facilitator, Mr. Roy Alminanza of TUV SUD Philippines, trained participants, including the Quality Management Representatives of the units, the internal auditors, the administrative and academic officials.

Alminanza contrasted the 2008 with the 2015 version, underscoring what is new and how it relates to the old requirements. He likewise traced what UST already has that complies with the requirements of the new standards. Important documents will have to be prepared such as Risk Identification Form (RIF), Operational Plan, and OSIR (Action Plans).

Ong announced that the University will carry out internal audits in all departments, units, faculties, colleges, institutes, and schools based on ISO 9001:2015 compliant. With the training, UST is expected to have its Stage 1 Audit for ISO 9001:2015 in the latter part of 2016 and in preparation for the 4th ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit sometime in March 2017. Stage 1 Audit took place on November 16.

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