UHMS Achieves ISO 9001 Certification
The UHMS has once again achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. The announcement was made in early March by the UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Department.
“This was a big year for the HFA Office,” said Derall Garrett, Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Director. “Not only have we made a lot of changes in and around the office, we transitioned from the ISO 9001:2008 to the 2015 standards. We in the HFA office as well as the entire UHMS team are excited to have done so well in receiving this certification.”
The HFA program works with hyperbaric facilities to ensure that they are meeting the highest standards of care and patient safety through UHMS’ rigorous evaluation of facility, equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within our specialty. The UHMS is committed to providing, promoting, developing and raising the quality of care across the spectrum in scientific communication, life sciences and clinical practices of hyperbaric medicine by promoting high standards of patient care and operational safety.
Certification by the International Certifications Inc. to the ISO 9001:2015 standards demonstrates the UHMS’ dedication and adherence to these goals.
ISO promotes global standardization for specifications and requirements for materials, products, procedures, formats, information and quality management. Certification under ISO standards is an assurance that the ISO-required management of processes and documentation is in place Standards were originally published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a specialized international agency for standardization composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. UHMS is certified under ISO 9001:2015, the most current version of the program.
The ISO 9001:2015 standards of quality management are based on seven quality management principles: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach in activities, improvement, evidence-based decision-making and relationship management with partners and suppliers. The goal of ISO 9001 is to embed a quality management system within an organization, increasing productivity, reducing unnecessary costs, and ensuring quality of processes and products.
These have always been the goals of UHMS,” notes Executive Director John Peters. “We are pleased to have the added guidance, legitimacy and support that comes with ISO 9001 certification.
The workup to successful certification began with former Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Director Tom Workman, who oversaw UHMS’ first certification and provided tutelage and support for this newest effort.