Through the visionary efforts of Dr Junior Mutsvangwa, Senior Research Scientist, with support of the late legendary BRTI Director General, Prof. Peter Mason, & the subsequent drive by the vibrant Quality Systems Manager (QSM)/Senior Scientist, Dr Agness Farai Nhidza-Manjoro, BRTI was granted accreditation to ISO15189 effective 30 March 2015 through the joint partnership of SADCAS and SANAS, Accreditation number- MED009. Dr Manjoro is currently heading the BRTI ISO department and is also the SADCAS focal person.
Quality Management Systems
The QSM reports directly to the current BRTI Director General (Dr Shungu Munyati) & works closely with the Document Controller, Mrs Norah Mushamba. The QSM and the DC also work closely with the various departments to ensure the implementation of ISO 15189. BRTI has an ISO committee made up of the IT manager (Mr Simon Chigeza), Finance and Administration Manager (Mrs Shelter Nyauzame), Laboratory Manager (Mrs Beauty Makamure) and the QSM (Dr. Agness Farai Nhidza-Manjoro) who will be key to the BRTI annual reviews of global documents such as the Quality Manuals, Policies and associated procedures.
BRTI quality management system implementation and maintenance of accreditation
This is a continuous process and includes such activities as internal auditing, management reviews, quality assurance (External and internal), among others. The figure below illustrates the cycle taken by BRTI so far.
BenefitS so far from ISO 15189 accreditation
Improved confidence in the organisation resulting in increased research partnerships
Improved efficiency and reduced downtime
management of information
Improved management of information e.g in Finance resulting in impressive reports from financial audits
a. Going paperless
b. Expanding scope of accreditation in 2019. Lab to incorporate new tests to its scope
c. Strengthening the current laboratory information management system (LIMS) to state of the art technology
d. Incorporation of theory of change system within BRTI through its Monitoring and Evaluation program which is currently stronger in projects
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