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BRS Receives ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 Certification
On June 5, 2008, APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) received its official Certificate of Registration from the independent auditor BSI Management Systems indicating its quality management system (QMS) meets or exceeds all requirements of the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2000 standard. The ISO 9001:2000 standard provides a set of standardized requirements for quality management systems, and represents an international consensus on good quality management practices BRS' QMS includes within its scope the coordination and administration of the review and issuance of notifications, permits, and information for genetically modified organisms under Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 340.
This is a major step forward for BRS, as the scope of the QMS not only includes quality management of the administrative review and processes of the permit staff, but also quality management of the process followed by the program's biotechnologists. Receiving formal recognition, via ISO 9001 certification, was the culmination of the dedication and hard work by everyone within the scope of the QMS and is a significant strategic milestone for BRS by adopting a process approach to leveraging best practices, improving product and service quality, and maximizing program efficiency.