“The STCW Office of MARINA is now ISO 9001:2008 Certified,” MARINA administrator Dr. Maximo Q Mejia Jr announced in connection with the positive efforts the STCW Office has been doing until its full implementation by January 2017. Mejia mentioned the achievement during the recent oath-taking rites conducted with the first batch of test passers who were at the MARINA Central Office on T.M. Kalaw Street corner Taft Avenue.
According to the International Standards developer, a certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that a product or service meets the expectations of customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement. ISO standards draw on international expertise and experience and are therefore a vital resource for governments when developing public policy.
National governments can use ISO standards to support public policy, for example, by referencing ISO standards in regulations. This has a number of benefits, including: Expert opinion – ISO standards are developed by experts. By integrating an ISO standard into national regulation, governments can benefit from the opinion of experts without having to call on their services directly. Opening up world trade – ISO standards are international and adopted by many governments. By integrating ISO standards into national regulation, governments help to ensure that requirements for imports and exports are the same the world over, therefore facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from country to country.
The certification is given by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Created in 1828, it offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development.
The STCW Office is headed by executive director Dr. Alvin Tormon.
*Additional text from ISO.