FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 27, 2014
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU announced today it has received the ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system. This recognition from the International Organization for Standardization validates that ORAU’s quality processes and systems meet specific criteria for ensuring consistent and continuously improving quality systems that fulfill customer requirements.
“We are pleased to achieve this internationally known recognition for our quality systems and processes,” said Andy Page, ORAU president and CEO. “ORAU employees are proud of the quality of products and services we consistently deliver to our customers. And to further emphasize how much quality is a priority for us, even in this era of tough economic times, ORAU made the conscious decision to invest its resources to pursue ISO 9001 certification.”
As part of a family of standards overseen by this international organization, ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a company’s quality management system, and includes a strong customer focus, involvement of top management and a process for continuous improvement. Also part of this family of international standards is ISO 14001:2004, which establishes the criteria for a company’s environmental management system. ORAU attained ISO 14001:2004 certification in 2005. The ISO standards are recognized in nearly 200 countries around the world.
Attaining ISO 9001:2008 involved a rigorous self-evaluation process undertaken over the course of two years during which ORAU fully assessed its quality system and procedures. The company’s work was then validated through an audit conducted by an external, accredited organization. To maintain its certification, ORAU has committed to continuously assess its quality management systems and processes and undergo follow-up audits annually.
“Just as with ISO 14001 certification for our environmental systems, this is another means to demonstrate to our customers that we will continuously adhere to a high set of standards, whether it’s in our quality management system or our environmental programs,” said Page.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).