Kenya (University of Eldoret) University Council and UMB briefing on ISO 9001:2015 QMS and ISO 27001:2013 ISMIS

ISO is the international organization that specifies requirements for various areas through standards. Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

The Directorate of Quality Assurance hosted a Top Management Briefing on ISO 9001:2015 QMS and ISO 27001:2013 ISMIS on Thursday, June 29th, 2017. The trainer was Ms. Purity Wangui from Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), HQ in Nairobi.

The main objective of this briefing was to familiarize the University Council members and the University Management Board with the contents and requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 QMS and ISO 27001:2013 ISMIS standards. University of Eldoret is ISO 9001:2008 certified but it is expected to transit to ISO 9001:2015 by June 2018. This new version standard will incorporate the concept of Risk-Based Thinking (RBT). Although RBT has always been implicit in ISO 9001 – this edition makes it more explicit and builds it into the whole management system.

ISO 27001:2013 is a standard that involves Information Technology, Security Techniques and Information Security Management. ISO 27001:2013 certification confirms that a business has taken proactive and preventive measures to protect the clients’ confidential data. UoE has made a deliberate decision to work towards the implementation of this standard.

The training was also extended to the Heads of Quality Units on June 29th, 2017 by the Directorate in conjunction with the Directorate of Strategic Planning and Performance Contracting and the Security Department.

For UoE to move as one there is need for all colleagues to understand the Strategic direction of the institution and how this relates to the National values and principles of Government.