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SLAQ is working with industry and government to educate people generally about the importance of quality and to bring about the better regulations of the process of assessing quality standards.

 

Here we aim to provide all the information you need for your company’s drive towards excellence.

 

ISO 9000 Forum

National Food Safety Programme

Sri Lanka Benchmarking Services (SLBS)

School Quality Societies

SLAQ  Awards

Management Consultant Register

 

 

 

ISO 9000 Forum

The ISO 9000 Forum Sri Lanka was set up by the Sri Lanka Association for quality (SLAQ) to help business and organizations to save time, energy and money in finding practical answers to the many questions that arise when taking up the ISO 9000 challenge.

 

The surveys conducted in Sri Lanka indicate most organizations receiving ISO 9000 certifications had received limited benefits thereby possibly increasing the overall costs and becoming less competitive.

 

Some of these are reflections on poor training and consultancy services, poor certification and auditing which could be avoided with proper guidance especially at early stages of certification.

 

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National Food Safety Programme

In considering the safety of food, many food-related industries consider introducing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) as a safeguard of their business interests. The international pressure on exported food products such as tea, fishery products including aquaculture, desiccated coconut, poultry and also food related business such as tourism and restaurants is increasing with many international and national bodies insisting on FSMS in the organizations involved in above areas.

 

Directives issued by the European Union (EU) and also regulations of US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) makes mandatory for some food groups to introduce such systems for exporting to EU and USA. Many other countries are also looking for FSMS as a requirement to import food products to the respective countries.

 

Considering the reports of food-borne illness in Sri Lanka, it is noteworthy that food-processing industry takes a more serious look at FSMS in their business and demonstrate their commitment to food safety.

 

For supporting the growing need to develop FSMS in Sri Lanka now IRCA accredited FSMS programs are  conducted by Sri Lanka Association for Quality (SLAQ) with technical support from Quality International Technical Services (Pvt.) Ltd. This training will support food related business organizations to develop internationally acceptable FSMS and build confidence in their products and services and also national image.

 

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Sri Lanka Benchmarking Services (SLBS)

Sri Lanka Benchmarking Service (SLBS) will promote benchmarking as a means to effect changes in the quest for excellence, assist companies to have access to information on best practices through partnership and networking, to facilitate information sharing among companies and provide training for members.

 

Members of SLBS will be able to establish goals and objectives by using external focus, to attain a competitive position through a solid understanding of competition, proactive research for industry best and adapt to their own situation, develop productivity and quality benchmarks and also expand corporate and professional contacts.

 

SLAQ is planning to work closely with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in initiating this service and their experience will be utilized developing the program. To launch this program SLAQ proposes to hold a conference together with ASQ.

 

The membership of SLBS will be offered at a concession rate for SLAQ members and the membership of SLBS will be available to others after paying the membership fee. This will be another service of SLAQ to the development of quality management in Sri Lanka.

 

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School Quality Societies

For promoting the national progress an attitudinal change of the society is recognized as a vital component, so Sri Lankans at all levels behave in a responsible manner and be mindful of the national interests in all activities they undertake. Sri Lanka Association for Quality (SLAQ) with its commitment to the national prosperity, strongly believe that this change could be achieved by focusing some effort on the younger generation so that in years to come a gradual change in the society could be expected.

 

At this stage national commitment of the people in South Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, and Malaysia could be taken as good examples. It needs to be recognized that training on quality issues at early stages of education, are considered the basis for such achievements. It is regretted to note this approach is lacking in Sri Lanka and except for inclusion on a module on quality for higher level examinations (GCE ‘O” & ‘A” level), no further training is available.

 

With this objective, SLAQ will undertake promoting quality concepts among school children to encourage them to be better citizens. Further professional education on quality, similar to accountancy, marketing etc will be introduced in Sri Lanka with international affiliations so that quality will become a profession.

 

For achieving this objective, SLAQ will encourage establishment of School Quality Societies (SQS) and will be supported to propagate quality in their own schools and also society they interact.

 

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SLAQ  Awards

Objective of these awards is to recognize contributions to the quality enhancement in Sri Lanka thereby encouraging professionalism in promoting quality on individual basis. From year 2000 SLAQ has introduced two awards to be awarded each year.

 

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Management Consultant Register

Management Consultants Register provides businesses with access to a network of high quality consultants with a variety of discipline, skills and experience. Whether implementing or upgrading ISO 9001 or moving towards business excellence SLAQ can help find the right quality consultants to meet the needs of each organization.

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