Sustained Effort / Long-term Responsibility
Environmental and Quality Assurance Division
The philosophy applied to develop our Quality Management System is based on CSA (Canadian Standard Association) standards. As a general rule, it is part of INVAP policies to apply Environmental and Quality Management procedures to Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Assembling and Startup Operations. Since the company works with a project-oriented approach, each technological project has its own particular Environmental and Quality Management System, suited to special internal, contractual or product requirements or to the particular requirements of the country in which the product will be installed.
According to the experience of INVAP, which covers a large number of projects implying very different technologies (nuclear, aerospace, petrochemical, automation, eolic energy, cobalt therapy equipment and more), it is necessary to assign different levels of quality to different items in a project, to achieve a reliable but yet flexible system at suitable costs. This way, systems and equipment with the highest qualification of safety and reliability also qualify for the highest Quality Management levels. Finally, by following documentation requirements at each level, it is possible to audit each one of the significant steps, even after work is complete.
Finally, we may point out that our quality management system has been initially certified by an external body in November, 1999 to ISO 9001:1994 international standard. This certification has been updated to ISO 9001:2000 standard in June, 2003 and a new update to ISO 9001:2008 standard has been done in April 2009. As from 1999, the certifying body had been requested to perform a half-yearly control audit, in order to closely monitor the system. However, as from the last certification in April 2009, and due to the effectiveness of our system, it has been agreed that this control auditing be held once a year, which is the usual requested frequency. On the other hand, the Environmental Management System has been initially certified in June, 2005, to ISO 14001:1996 standard, for all its activities in Argentina. In 2006, this certification was updated to ISO14001: 2004.
INVAP policies agree with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. INVAP is committed to continue the upholding of this initiative, as well as to expand its principles in its sphere of influence.