Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) and Entebbe International Airport have been re-certified by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to have developed, implemented and maintained a Quality Management System (QMS) that conforms with the new ISO 9001:2015 international standard.
The Certification follows compliance with stringent requirements standards with the certification body approving and re-certifying UCAA, Entebbe Airport and 11 aerodromes to the ISO 9001:2015 standard in July 2021 for a period of three (3) years up to 2024.
The Authority will undergo annual surveillance audits for monitoring and assessment purposes to ensure compliance and continuous improvement. The QMS recertification audit on Uganda was conducted from April 10 to May 21, 2021. The certification was also awarded to Arua, Gulu, Kidepo, Jinja, Kasese, Kisoro. Pakuba, Soroti. Tororo, Mbarara and Moroto Airfields.
UCAA plans consider risks and opportunities in the industry and this gives internal and external confidence that the QMS is based on an international standard that can be compared across the globe.
The scope of this certification includes the development, management and delivery of aviation advisory, training and examinations services to organisations and individuals requiring compliance with international aviation regulations and standards.
The QMS ISO 9001:2015 certification was first awarded to Uganda in December 2018 and is a transition from the ISO 9001:2008 standard that was attained by UCAA and Entebbe International Airport in 2016.
In September 2015, the International Organisation for Standardisation released a new revision of the ISO 9001 standard, giving ISO 9001:2008 certified organisations three years to transition. With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, ISO 9001 helps organisations demonstrate that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality to their customers. It also acts as a tool to streamline processes and make them more efficient at what they do.
This certification also implies that the holder has systems and processes in place that meet the needs of all interested parties in the aviation industry, including statutory and regulatory requirements.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo