Establishment of a Quality Management System Based on ISO 9001 Standard in a Public Service Fungal Culture Collection

Simões, Marta Filipa, Dias, Nicolina, Santos, Cledir and Lima, Nelson (2016) Establishment of a Quality Management System Based on ISO 9001 Standard in a Public Service Fungal Culture Collection. microorganisms, 4 (21). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2076-2607 DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms4020021

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Abstract

Abstract: Collaborations between different Microbiological Resource Centres (mBRCs) and ethical sourcing practices are mandatory to guarantee biodiversity conservation, successful and sustainable preservation and fair share of benefits that arise from the use of genetic resources. Since microbial Culture Collections (CCs) are now engaged in meeting high quality operational standards, they are facing the challenge of establishing quality control criteria to certify their biological materials. The authentication/certification of strains is nowadays a demand from the bioeconomy sector for the global operation of mBRCs. The achievement of consistent quality assurance and trust within the mBRCs and microbial CCs context is a dynamic and never-ending process. A good option to facilitate that process is to implement a Quality Management System (QMS) based on the ISO 9001 standard. Here, we report a detailed description of all the steps taken for the QMS implementation at the Portuguese CC of filamentous fungi: Micoteca da Universidade do Minho (MUM). Our aim is to provide guidelines for the certification of other CCs, so that they can also enhance the search and choice of the most consistent, reliable, and effective operating methods, with assured procedures and validation of preservation; and guarantee trustworthy relations with all stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Biology
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 12:21
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/8533

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