Whether cancer cells or deep sea bacteria – the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ) fills orders for bacteria, viruses and cells requested by scientists from around the world. Thanks to its consistently high standards, the DSMZ has now been awarded the seal of quality for its international quality management.
Fundamentals for International Research
The German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ) has been certified by the DQS GmbH for meeting the international quality standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2000. The distinction makes the DSMZ the world's largest certified resource center of its kind. With the introduction of this strict quality management program, the Braunschweig-based research institute and member of the Leibniz Association underscores the great demands it places on its own work. The DSMZ ships more than 30, 000 bacteria, fungus, plant virus, cell line and cell culture samples annually to researchers around the world. In doing so, the DSMZ creates the necessary conditions for ensuring a broad spectrum of crucial scientific work, such as cancer research. "The certification safeguards the top flight international position of the DSMZ for the future, " says Prof. Dr. Erko Stackebrandt, DSMZ Managing Director, "and will certainly give an additional boost to our already growing distribution figures."
Quality Assurance is Customer Insurance
Following a four-day appraisal, the DQS certified that the DSMZ fulfilled the international ISO 9001 standards. The norm calls for equal support in management of customers, staff, products, suppliers and research tasks. It combines all aspects of the business process into a transparent and finely-tuned system
Modern quality management, based on ISO 9001, offers public research facilities in particular a control mechanism for combining high quality research with the essentials of economic efficiency. It also encourages the responsible handling of public resources.
Dunja Martin, of Hanover-based Innexum GmbH, coordinated the changeover of work processes at the DSMZ to the ISO norm. "Researchers and the business community trust the DSMZ, " Martin explains, "because the quality of the sample materials has always been excellent in the past. The certification is an additional, objective quality guarantee for customers unfamiliar with the DSMZ, as well as a confirmation for regular clients."