DAP passes transition audit, moves closer to 2015 ISO certification

The Development Academy of the Philippines has passed the transition audit conducted recently by the Certification International Philippines Incorporated to move closer to earning the much-coveted certification from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.

DAP President Antonio Kalaw Jr., who congratulated both management and personnel of the Academy for a job well done, said that the audit covers the DAP's Quality Management System, including all management, core and support processes and sites. The particular scope of its Project Management System that was also covered includes the provisions for research, training, education and technical assistance services as well as conference facilities management.

The country's premier government training and research institution had previously earned ISO 9001:2008 certification. With this successful transition audit, it is now on the verge of becoming one of the very few government agencies to have passed the test for ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Validation

Kalaw said that the certification for ISO 9001:2015 is very significant as it would further affirm the DAP's role as a training, research, educational and consultancy institution.

"This simply means that we live up to what we are teaching our clients, that we know and practice what we are talking about," he said in reference to the Academy's role as a proponent of institutionalizing Quality Management System or QMS in the government.

Kalaw said that the DAP could not afford to fail in the audit or to be stripped of its ISO certification as it would mean it is not practicing what it is preaching, and it would imply its lack of credibility as a teaching agent that guides fellow government agencies in their own effort to earn the much-coveted ISO certification.

Biggest difference

The DAP's top man said the difference between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 is the emphasis on certain perspectives that were not highlighted in the first. The most important of these is the perspective of emphasizing risk-based thinking, which the auditors determined have been adequately addressed by the Academy during the audit they conducted.

"If you make a decision on something, for example, what are the risks? We have to identify all the negative elements and the threats and take the appropriate risk management approach to minimize or prevent such threats with preventive action," Kalaw explained. "I think that is the most important aspect of the 2015 certification."

The other differences are the top management's assuming direct responsibility for the QMS implementation and the integration of the QMS requirements in the regular management functions at different levels in the organizational structure.

Primary responsibility

Kalaw said that while responsibility for an organization's QMS used to be assumed by its quality management representative, the president would now assume primary responsibility for it as chief executive and would ensure his institution's adherence to its QMS requirements and effectiveness.

He also explained that the organization's regular, day-to-day processes like the legal or accounting process would now be part and parcel of its regular structure, with the president, the senior vice presidents and other officers down the line assuming responsibility for those processes that have been ISO-certified.

The DAP President added that the DAP's information and QMS processes have been documented to ensure easy and consistent observance throughout the organization.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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