Fermilab's Integrated Quality Assurance program will ensure that the processes used by our employees are the most efficient and effective processes possible. Between February and April 2009, quality-assurance representatives met with employees across the laboratory to do an as-is assessment of processes and quality controls that we use for our work. With employees' help, quality-assurance teams determined corrective actions that will improve these processes. We are now implementing these action items.
Here is a new acronym to learn: IQA, for Integrated Quality Assurance. It parallels the name Integrated Safety Management, the systematic approach we use in managing safety.
In an all-hands meeting on Sept. 9, 2009, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone outlined the goals and the implementation of Integrated Quality Assurance at Fermilab.