ISO 9001: 2008
Karatina University (KarU) has been in forefront in the development and implementation of a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2008 International Standard through a consultative process with Alpex Consulting Africa Ltd (ACAL).
The inception and launch of ISO 9001: 2008 in Karatina University was to guide the development and implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS) based on ISO 9001:2008 International Standard and to improve its mandate as outlined in the University Charter.
The scope of the Karatina University QMS is:
“"The provision of training, research and community outreach for Karatina University”
EMPIRICAL HISTORY OF KARATINA UNIVERSITY ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Karatina University is in the process of ISO 9001:2008 Certification by undertaking four broad phases as follows:
- Awareness Training
With the help of ACAL (K) Ltd, Karatina University conducted a diagnostic audit to evaluate the extent of Quality Management System implementation within an organization through a planning event with Top Management to develop a project outline and scope of certification of Karatina University.
- Design, Development and Launch of the Karatina University Quality Management System
Through a consultative process, Karatina University was involved in the planning and inception; implementation training of staff; GAP analysis and process determination; documentation validation and launch of the Karatina University QMS on 7th August 2013.
- QMS Implementation
Karatina University has spearheaded the implementation phase by putting into operation the QMS system through annual awareness sessions for its new members of staff, training of the Internal Quality auditors and providing a mechanism for review of the documented procedures as provided for by the Mandatory Procedure Manual.
Karatina University is on the forefront to certification by engaging the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to commence the certification process. After the certification process, Karatina University intends to commit itself to the process requirements and attain ISO 9001:2008 Certification.