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Certification paves the way for improved translational research

  • 25 Jul 2023
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The Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI) has reached a major milestone, having recently been awarded ISO 9001 certification.

It is a significant step forward for the BDI, which has a strong focus on translational research, including developing prototypes of diagnostic tests that can be used in the field. 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong client focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and a commitment to continual improvement.

BDI Director Jennifer Barnes said the external audit ensured the correct processes and frameworks were in place to monitor and track research and ensure it met quality standards.

“The certification gives our industry partners, funders and study participants confidence that we conduct our research in an ethical, robust and reproducible way that meets the highest international standards,” she said.

“ISO 9001 certification has a strong focus on documentation, frameworks and processes, and ensures our clinical trials and any of our research integrity concerns are well documented, confidential and secure.”

Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC said the certification further strengthened the Institute’s reputation as a place to do translational research.

“Burnet has a long history of quality research and adding an ISO 9001 certification is another example of us taking our research and due diligence seriously, cementing our reputation as ‘industry ready’ and a trusted and respected leader in medical research,” Professor Crabb said.

“The BDI, as well as its partners and funders, should be very proud of achieving this certification, which ensures our work meets the highest ethical and quality standards internationally.”

Ms Barnes said the certification opened doors to other opportunities at BDI and within the Institute. 

“With the knowledge and understanding we have gained through this external audit we have the opportunity to improve frameworks and processes across the Institute,” she said.

“The research and prototypes that come out of the BDI will be aligned to industry acceptable standards, making the translation and technology transfer of our research more efficient, leading to a greater impact in the field.”