Improving working conditions and warranting reliability and traceability of our research activities is a main aim of the Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology research unit (UMR B&PMP).
Therefore, B&PMP has chosen to follow the principles of organization and the requirements of the INRA V2 Quality Management Repository.
One major objective is to optimize the management of the common technological platforms and workshops, and to facilitate their access and utilization. This includes maintaining and improving technological equipment, and training and supervising the users in particular through adequate transfer of know-how and information. Several common technological platforms or workshops have obtained an official Quality certification, such as the « Measurements reliability » or « ISO-9001 » certifications. This is a strong commitment of B&PMP to support the platforms and workshops to keep or to obtain such certifications. In a more general way, B&PMP is paying a particular attention to set up all required actions to warrant an adequate management of all key technological facilities.
Another important priority is to secure the traceability of the research activities and the correct management of data and of biological resources. To do so, specific procedures have been defined for the validation of genetic resources (seed stocks) and for safe and controlled storage of various biological resources (seeds, plasmids, samples,…) and of all data produced.
In addition, B&PMP is committed to:
– Encourage its staff to get involved in a general participatory approach for improving research quality.
– Fully support the Quality Manager in his(er) task to define and conduct the relevant actions, and to sensitize the B&PMP staff for participating in these actions.
– Maintain a working group (Quality group) that will help the Quality Manager.
– Provide, as much as possible, the funding needed to perform the selected actions, including training of staff.
– Perform yearly Quality assessments in order to quantify the improvements and to evaluate the relevance of the various actions, according to the objectives.
Montpellier, October 18, 2017
Alain GOJON Director