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Southwest Research Institute's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division earns ISO 9001:2000 certification

San Antonio -- May 13, 2004 -- The Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. Previously the division was ISO 9002 certified. ISO certification is a set of international standards used to certify a quality system for the development of products, starting with the initial design through production and servicing.

All four division departments: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry; Environmental and Demilitarization Technology; Nanomaterials, Microencapsulation, and Process Engineering; and Fire Technology are ISO certified. Each area converted its quality assurance procedures to meet the upgraded ISO certification elements.

"It is a great accomplishment for us to have all four departments meet the upgrade requirements for ISO 9001:2000 certification," said Dr. Michael MacNaughton, vice president of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division. "With this certification, clients will be assured that we are continuing to follow an internationally accepted quality assurance program."

The NSF International Strategic Registration (NSF-ISR) Ltd., audited the division and issued the certification. The NSF-ISR carries more than 50 years of auditing and certification experience.

The division was audited in August 2003 and recommended for certification in October 2003. A quality assurance committee helped each section and department in the division modify standard operating procedures, test and analytical procedures, and quality project plans for the new regulation.

"The ISO program allows us to cover a number of elements from different quality systems and provide them under one program," said Jo Ann Boyd, manager of Quality Assurance. "The ISO certification is a great benefit to us and our clients."

Other ISO-certified areas at SwRI include the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division; the Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division; the Signal Exploitation and Radiolocation Division; and the Bioengineering Section, Electromagnetic Compatibility Research Group, Flow Component Test Facility and Institute Calibration Laboratory.

For more information, contact Tracey M.S. Whelan, Communications, (210) 522-2256, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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