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Minister Brendan Smith presented with ISO Certification for Input Payments Section, Accounts Division, Cavan and Asset Management Unit, Portlaoise

Mr. Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was today, in Cavan, presented with certificates of registration to the ISO 9001 quality management standard awarded by the National Standards Authority of Ireland in relation to the work of Payments Section, Accounts Division, and Asset Management Unit, Accommodation Division.

The Minister congratulated all who played a part in the certification success and noted that the event marked the sixth occasion that the ISO 9001 standard had been awarded to the Department.

The Minister went on to speak of his awareness of the effort involved in achieving ISO certification adding that "ISO Certification...is recognised worldwide, and is testament to the standards of excellence which must be achieved, in order to qualify for this award."

Minister Smith emphasised that quality initiatives such as this demonstrated the Department's strong commitment to providing the highest quality in the delivery of services to all its customers, in accordance with the Department's commitments under its Customer Service Action Plan.

The Minister also noted that other ISO projects were in the initial stage of implementation, and said that he looked forward to seeing many other areas of the Department take up this challenge over the coming years.

Date Released: 11 May 2009