IPOPHL ISO-QMS Certification Upgraded to 9001:2015 Standard
Upgraded to the new standard -ISO 9001:2015, the quality management system of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) maintains compliance with international standards of doing business. Audited by the TUV Rheinland Philippines for its 2nd Surveillance, 2nd Cycle ISO Audit on 08 November 2017, IPOPHL reaped 5 positive findings, 9 opportunities for improvement and Zero non-conformities.
As stated in TUVR’s audit report, “IPOPHL has established and maintains an effective system to ensure compliance with its policy and objectives. The audit team confirms in line with the audit targets that the organization’s quality management systems comply with, adequately maintains and implements the requirements of the standard.”
Noteworthy to mention as one of the audit commendations is the IPOPHL’s recent designation as an International Searching Authority/International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
On the occasion of IPOPHL’s 2017 Year-End General Assembly on 06 December 2017, IPOPHL Director General Josephine Santiago enjoined the IPOPHL management and staff to continue to embrace the culture of continual improvement and serve the public with utmost dedication and unwavering commitment to work excellence.
IPOPHL’s ISO Certification covers the Process of Registration of Patents, Utility Models, Industrial Designs and Registration of Trademarks
ISO Certification is an accreditation conducted by external certification bodies to determine whether an organization meets the international standards in performing business processes. The new QMS standard (ISO 9001:2015) gives more emphasis on risk management and greater leadership involvement to ensure a more timely and responsive approach in addressing business risks and opportunities.
Executive Order 605 of 2007 directed all government agencies to adopt the ISO standards as part of the implementation of the government-wide quality management program.  The IPOPHL is an ISO-certified government agency since it’s first audit in 2012.