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RIKEN BioResource Research Center (BRC®) Support Unit for Quality Management

Unit Leader: Masatomo Kobayashi (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

Masatomo  Kobayashi(Ph.D.)

The mission of "the Support Unit for Quality Management (QMU)" is to do the jobs for maintenance and management of work quality concerning the collection, preservation and distribution of biological resources, and support for their technologies.
ISO stands for an internationally uniform standard promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization, and ISO 9001 is a standard for Quality Management System. Getting the ISO 9001 certification does ensure that cells and microorganisms to be distributed from RIKEN BRC (BRC) will meet certain quality standards, and furthermore endorse that BRC is a reliable organization.
QMU will endeavor for excellence and take all possible measures to QMS (Quality Management System) and TQM (Total Quality Management) in order for BRC to provide the highest value biological resources and services on time and to enhance total customer satisfaction.

  • August,2007 Acquired ISO 9001:2000 certification
  • August,2009 Passed ISO 9001 Audit for upgrading to ISO 9001:2008
  • May,2010 Passed ISO 9001 Renewal Audit
  • April,2011 Passed ISO 9001 Surveyllance Audit
  • May,2012 Passed ISO 9001 Surveyllance Audit
  • January,2013 Passed ISO 9001 Special Audit for examining the move to Tsukuba campus of Microbe division

Research Subjects

  • Document Management (preparation of Quality Manual, common BRC Procedure Documents ), Record keeping, Information digitaization
  • Planning and implementation of common BRC trainings on ISO and TQM
  • Secretariat of Internal Quality Audit
  • Secretariat of Management Review on Quality
  • Supports of Corrective Action and Preventive Action

Lab Members

Principal investigator

Masatomo Kobayashi
Unit Leader

Core members

Masako Takashima
Research & Development Scientist
Toshiya Iida
Research & Development Scientist
Emi Iimura
Technical Staff II
Kanae Kurita
Technical Staff II
Naoko Isomura
Technical Staff II
Yumi Oshida
Technical Staff II

Contact Information

3-1-1 Koyadai
Tsukuba, Ibaraki
305-0074 Japan