The purpose of the CERCA quality programme is to provide tools to manage and certify the quality of the scientific infrastructures belonging to CERCA centres, especially, but not limited to, their scientific and technical platforms. The programme can also cover other organisations within the perimeter of the CERCA system, including its spin-offs.
Some centres have ISO 9001:2015 quality certification or other more specific certifications. The project is intended to apply to any centre, infrastructure or spin-off, so it covers a range of levels and seals, including ISO 9001:2015 and other useful standards relating to research activity.
There are currently seals that provide a limited range of certification for aspects such as research documentation or research staff. However, unlike the CERCA programme, none of them provide a single framework covering the management, processes and quality of the work done, including the competencies, knowledge and skills of the research staff, the documentation of the stages and the results of the research or research processes.
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To provide tools for managing and certifying the quality of scientific infrastructures, innovation and transfer units and the CERCA centres themselves, as well as research projects and companies created from these projects.
CERCA centres, scientific-technological platforms, innovation and transfer units, research projects and spin-off companies created by the CERCA centres.
Lines of work
The programme has three lines of work:
A. Managing the quality of the organisation or quality seals for centres, infrastructures, transfer units and spin-offs. Organisation and project management.
The aim of this line of work is to develop a management model for research that ensures the highest levels of organisational excellence and covers the processes and operational management of research and infrastructures.
It is based on the ISO 9001:2015 standard and EFQM-type excellence models, and is intended to progressively provide organisations with the tools and methodology they need as they grow, in a simple format that is suitable for whatever structure and resources they may have.
B. Documentation for a CERCA centre to set up a spin-off company
C. Certification of specific research projects and the sustainability thereof
This line of work covers the requirements for managing a project, the professional profiles of research and support staff, the correct and effective documentation of projects and the preparation of reports.
Organisations can work on all three lines at the same time.