PDEA now ISO 9001:2015 certified

PDEA receives ISO 9001 certification / photo from Google (ctto)

Manila,  Philippines -  The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has just joined the list government offices that are in compliance with quality management standards.

During the flag raising ceremony on Monday, PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino has formally received the ISO 9001:2015 certification from Renato V. Navarette, President and Managing Director of the Certification International Philippines (CIP).

“PDEA is now a proud recipient of the revised version of an International Organization for Standardization, or ISO 9001 certification, affirming its commitment in implementing a quality management program to ensure optimum client satisfaction,” Aquino said in a statement on Tuesday.

ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality 
management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

The PDEA’s ISO 9001:2015 certification covers the frontline services of the agency, particularly the regulatory functions through Compliance Service (CS) under Director Agnes D. Mandap, which is responsible for processing and issuing permits and licenses to industry partners, medical practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and retailers, and regulate and control the movement of dangerous drugs, and controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) to prevent diversion; and PDEA Laboratory Service under Director Derrick Arnold C. Carreon, for the qualitative and quantitative examination of seized drug evidence, and its subsequent destruction sanctioned by court order, and drug testing of arrested drug personalities during anti-drug operations.

“PDEA proves once again that its frontline services continue to adhere to world-class standards. The agency, through Compliance Service and Laboratory Service, has now joined the ranks of prestigious ISO-certified government agencies after passing stringent audit stages, workshops, and accreditation process,” Aquino said

“The PDEA’s ISO-certification was not handed on a silver platter. It is a product of the ISO Core Team’s hard work, dedication and commitment. With the adoption of ISO principles geared toward responsive public service, PDEA is well on its way to realizing its vision to become a highly credible and competent lead anti-drug agency by 2020,” the PDEA chief said

The certification is valid for three years -- October 10, 2018 until October 9, 2021.

Source: PNA

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