North Wales, PA
October 25, 2017
DEKRA Certification, Inc. today announced that it has certified Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development’s management system to ISO 9001:2015 at its Tempe, AZ location. OKED Operations includes all service and support functions of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, the office of Arizona State University responsible for advancing research and innovation at Arizona State University. OKED Operations includes the departments that provide administration, services and support functions of proposal development, submittal and negotiations as well as award setup, management and closeout.
“We want to congratulate ASU on this special achievement,” stated Chris Carson, Senior Director of Strategic Business Development for DEKRA Certification. “While there is no centralized database to confirm how many universities are certified globally, achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification puts them in a unique position in their field. The standard was designed to be applicable to all organizations and they have shown themselves to be a leader in quality for academia. Their hard work was apparent from the beginning as key members of their team took ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor training through AQS Solutions, a DEKRA company, early on in the process to make sure they had a complete and thorough understanding of the requirements. They were engaged with DEKRA early and we feel that made a significant impact on their system and readiness.”
The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the role of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement. The standard provides guidance and tools for companies and organizations that want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customers’ requirements, and that quality is continually improved.
“Preparing for the certification to ISO 9001:2015, DEKRA was very helpful and forthcoming from the initial contact, through the finalization of the agreement and finally performing the pre-assessment audit and the initial certification audit. The experience was smooth and pleasant beginning with scheduling, performing the pre-assessment audit, stage I and stage II audits. The auditors were knowledgeable, objective and understanding of our processes. The feedback during the pre-assessment audit was very valuable and effective which allowed us to be ready for the certification audit,” explains Maher Rassas, Assistant Director of Quality and Continuous Improvement.
About DEKRA Certification, Inc.
DEKRA Certification, Inc. (DCI) is a U.S. based accredited Certification Body for international management systems. The company is part of the global footprint of DEKRA Certification Group headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. DEKRA is a multi-accredited certification body covering all management system business line activities for North America, with a global service capacity. DEKRA offers services for ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 22301 (Business Continuity), SEP (Superior Energy Performance), ISO 50001 (energy management), ISO 27001 (Information Security) and other certifications. DCI’s Business Assurance group provides customized assessments in such areas as Sustainability, Energy Performance, Responsible Supply Chain, and Value Chain Risk, and many other areas. DEKRA works with companies to utilize standards for greater productivity, reduced waste, larger profits, an enhanced customer experience and the growth of a continuous improvement culture. DEKRA’s experienced professionals have extensive knowledge of management system standards and a proven track record of success to help achieve the goals of any organization. For more information visit www.dekra-certification.us.
About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.
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