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Mexico to Host International Workshop on QMS for Local Governments


New York, Mar 16, 2005

An international workshop to develop guidelines intended to assist local government authorities in implementing quality management systems based on the ISO 9001:2000 standard has been planned for May 22-23, 2005, in Veracruz, Mexico. As local and national governments are exploring new ways to attest to quality and accountability in leadership, approaching government improvement on a small scale may lead to successive improvements globally.

“Since the first ISO 9000 standards were published in 1987, this approach to ensuring the quality of the output of organizations has been taken up firstly by manufacturing industry, then by the service sector and, in more recent years, by public administrations. This evolution would not have taken place unless the ISO 9000 approach provided concrete benefits for the organizations that implement it,” commented ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden.

“The latest version, ISO 9001:2000, is even more suitable for implementation by service providers, whether in private or public sectors, and the development of guidelines specifically for local government authorities will further encourage the spread of quality management systems where they can make a positive difference to the lives of the citizens served by those authorities,” Bryden continued.

“By securing a high quality performance of the municipal government, public policies coming from other government levels can be corrected and improved, allowing the whole system to strengthen itself.”

The aim of the meeting is to produce an International Workshop Agreement (IWA), which is one of several types of deliverable offered by ISO for instances when the rapid development and publication of an international agreement are desired. Compared to the traditional ISO process of developing International Standards through its technical committee structure, IWA's are developed in open workshops and organized by one of ISO's national member bodies.

The workshop will be hosted by the Dirección General de Normas (DGN), Mexico’s national standards body. DGN hosted a similar workshop in 2002 that developed IWA 2, Quality management systems - Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2000 in education.

Participation in the Veracruz workshop is by registration with Carlos Gadsden, the International Workshop Agreement - Local Government (IWA-LG) Secretariat (iwagl@osimx.com) and open to any interested organization or individual. There is no registration fee for ISO member bodies. To download the registration package, click here.

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