Quality Management in User Coordination
The department User Coordination (NP-ACO) at HZB is responsible for coordination of and service for the use of scientific infrastructures, namely the synchrotron light source BESSY II and the CoreLabs which together tally at more than 3000 user visits per year. The development of a quality management system (QMS) for the tasks of NP-ACO started in 2014. Now ISO 9001:2015 is used for the QMS and it concerns all processes of the department. Established 30 years ago (1987), ISO 9001 is the most common standard for quality management. Worldwide more than one million organizations are ISO 9001-certified. Therefore it is an internationally accepted and reliable system. The main benefits of the application of ISO 9001 to the HZB User Coordination are more transparent and efficient processes for the user, and having a working tool for continual improvement.
Quality Management System
The QMS for the User Coordination has been developed in two steps. The initial system QMS 2016 was based on total quality management (TQM, left side). The current QMS 2017 follows the seven main requirements chapters (right side in blue) and the seven Principles (in red) of the ISO 9001:2015
The Definition of Quality
Quality management in User Coordination is defined by a lot of requirements. The input for quality requirements is mostly influenced by stakeholders, especially by users and funding partners. The main influencers from the context of User Coordination are the Internals (e.g. regulations, knowledge, values and KPI). User satisfaction is the main requirement and now further on the 53 requirement sub-chapters of the ISO 9001.
NP-ACO Process Map
The operation processes of the User Coordination are part of the bigger process landscape of the HZB. NP-ACO is responsible for coordination of and service for the use of scientific infrastructures, namely the synchrotron light source BESSY II and the CoreLabs which together tally at more than 3000 user visits per year. NP-ACO is responsible for 4 management processes, 14 core processes and 23 support processes.