Quality Management Program Outline

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Genomic Medicine Unit (GMU):
The GMU is already functioning well as a clinical service unit for the KAU University Hospital. Prior to the establishment of a formal quality assessment program, a preliminary professional audit will be performed to establish strengths, weaknesses and potential obstacles for progress. Strategic creative analysis utilizing SCAN and SWOT may also be useful in this respect. Several accreditation programs have been considered and it has been agreed to follow the guidelines set by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program thereby facilitating the possibility of getting CAP accreditation at a later date.

Research Service Units:

In the absence of an applicable international quality framework for research laboratories, list of aims and objectives will be compiled by using strategic action analysis to drive a quality action plan. The international guidelines that these units, together with the administration of CEGMR as a whole, will aim for those associated with the generic quality management standards as outlined by ISO 9001-2000. In addition to the completeness of the administrative documentation as required by ISO, research service units will be expected to have same high level of good laboratory practice as GMU (e.g. calibrations, controls, accuracy, reliability, etc.).

Research Program unit:

Every project in research programs should be fully documented and a copy of the documentation will be kept by the Head of each research program. Provisionally, it is proposed that a method of documentation parallel to that used for projects funded by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) should be used including a detailed work timetable and its format to be assessed at the end of 18 months.
In addition to the KACST type documentation, investigators should set out in a signed agreement outlining their role in the project and that of the service units (collection and handling of samples, frequency of meetings, use of results, details about the write up of papers including names and order of authors) along with the probable expectation from the service units. Assessment meetings should occur with the CEGMR research committee every 6 months.
Procedures need to be established and documented to deal with the situation where a project fails to meet its goals and deadlines, and all researchers should be made aware of the documentations/procedures required to monitor progress prior to starting the project. The Head of research program unit will keep record of all publications, conference, presentations, etc. arising from the research of each approved project.

Assessment and Quality Program:

The curriculum of all prospective programs will be subjected to need to ensure their 'fitness of purpose' while the existing programs will have their curriculums reviewed. The guidelines for internal assessment suggested by Saudi ''National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment'' (NCAAA) will be followed. NCAAA is a member of the ''International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)''. Internal quality assessment often focuses on specific themes of special interest which are changed after a period of one or two years. Particular attention will be given to the following themes:
  Alignment of curriculum objectives teaching and assessment with professional benchmarks
Validity and reliability of assessments
Avoidance of plagiarism

Last Update
3/18/2014 11:52:09 AM