ATI Completes ISO 9001:2008 Surveillance Audit, Expands Certification to its Training Centers

ATI CAR ISS Chief Maximino Aromin, Jr. with the TÜV SÜD team during the surveillance audit. (Photo from: ATI-RTC CAR)

DILIMAN, Quezon City – Committing itself to deliver quality agricultural extension and training services in agriculture and fisheries, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) passed its second surveillance audit, while expanding its ISO 9001:2008 certification to seven of its ATI Training Centers.

With TUV SUD as ATI’s certifying body, the scope of this year’s surveillance audit covers the development and provision of training services, knowledge products and services, accreditation of extension service providers, scholarships, alliance building, and national extension system planning, monitoring and evaluation.

From its network of training centers, the first set of ATI Training Centers underwent a surveillance audit asynchronously from August to September 2016 in their respective offices and passed the third party surveillance audit on the grounds of its compliance to ISO standards, regulatory and statutory requirements, and office procedures. The same goes with the ATI Central Office on its surveillance audit last September 21, 2016.

Audit results are currently being consolidated and shall be the basis for the root cause analyses and corrective action plans for minor non-conformances. These will then be passed to the committee for approval and the issuance of sub-certificates to the ATI’s International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) and Regional Training Centers (RTCs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region, regions II, VI, VIII, XII, and XIII. Results for the awarding of the sub-certification shall be released a few months after the consolidated report is submitted to the certifying body.

 Surveillance audits are third party reviews of an organization’s Quality Management System to ensure its continued conformance to the standards of ISO 9001:2008. The ATI was issued ISO 9001:2008 Certification in August 2014 and is preparing to transition to ISO 9001:2015, as well as planning to expand certification for the remaining RTCs.