Jan. 23, 2013
World Institute for Nuclear Security
-- WINS announced today that it has received ISO 9001 certification after a months-long process that involved careful analysis of all of its business processes. WINS’ goal in pursuing certification was to better understand and meet the needs of its members while demonstrating commitment to quality, accountability and continuous improvement in carrying out its mission.
The term ISO
stands for International Organization for Standardization
. ISO 9001 is designed to help organisations ensure that their quality management system (QMS) and processes meet the needs of their customers and other stakeholders. Certification, which must be renewed at regular intervals, means that an independent registrar has audited an organisation’
s QMS and certified that it meets ISO 9001 requirements.
According to Roger Howsley, WINS’ Executive Director, “WINS exists to share best practices for nuclear security management and therefore has to set its own high standards for operations and services. The ISO award is testimony to our professional attitude and focus on service.”
To achieve certification, WINS developed a written QMS manual that describes its management commitment and responsibilities;
explains how it carries out its major activities, including its publishing programme (Best Practice Guides, white papers and reports), international workshops and member website; documents how it administers its membership; and details how its internal quality and continual improvement processes are monitored. To read the manual, see WINS’ Quality Management System (http://www.wins.org/front/about_qms.php
) About WINS
The World Institute for Nuclear Security (http://www.wins.org/front/index.php
) is the only membership organisation in the world dedicated to nuclear security leadership. Located in Vienna, Austria, its mission is to provide an international forum where those who are accountable for nuclear security can share and promote the implementation of best practices. Founded in September 2008, WINS currently has more than 1000 members, both individuals and corporations, in over 60 countries.