Following gaining the new ISO9001:2015 last year, the Association was audited last month and retained certification to this standard with no non-conformances identified.
The Association has followed and been annually audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last 14 years. The ARCA quality management system (QMS) describes the approach, procedures and processes to be followed in order to demonstrate the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and auditing services.
The 2015 version of this standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how these will be achieved. Also, there is more emphasis on risk based thinking; ability to look at the bigger picture to see and take action on any risks to the business, as well as opportunities.
The auditor from NQA commented in his report; ‘of note was the extent of planning of the Associations processes as supported by the Strategy Meeting and Work Plan.’
“In February the Association was audited as part of this quality management system to check conformity to the standard. It is testimony to the team here at ARCA that we retained this standard again this year. The team continues to work hard in meeting our mission of delivering the best possible service and support,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.
Last year ARCA and ATaC staff and members raised £10,000 for Mesothelioma UK by taking part in various activities and events.
The Association supports Mesothelioma UK to help and support people diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Still over 2,700 new cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the UK; nurse specialists, centres of excellence, research, information and support for health care professionals, patients and families is vital.
“I’m delighted to be able to present the charity with a donation of £10,000,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “Again this year, it was great to see the Association staff and members support Mesothelioma UK, especially during the Charity Week in September where they undertook bike challenges, muddy fun runs and lots of baking.”
Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK, Head of Services, commented, “A huge thank you to everyone who took part in activities, we are extremely grateful for all our fundraisers support. These donations will help Mesothelioma UK to continue to fund the vital work we do and in particular Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists at NHS hospitals across the UK.”
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