Bridgeport, WVAllegheny Science & Technology (AST), a woman-owned technology and energy consulting firm, is pleased to announce that it has received the ISO 9001:2015 recertification for both its software & systems development, maintenance and its professional & technical support services for federal government agencies. Such a certification confirms that an organization meets the rigorous Quality Management Systems (QMS) standards of the international standard-setting body known as the International Organization for Standardization (more commonly called “ISO”).

“Receiving this recertification reflects our unwavering commitment to continually improve our products and services. It also validates the fact that what AST utilizes are widely recognized as the best quality management practices to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Arria Hines, CEO of AST. “We are proud of the amount of hard work and tremendous dedication our team put into earning this recertification for AST.”

Jamie Rose, Senior Software Engineer at AST, served as the Team Lead and Quality Officer for the certification process. He explained that the recertification process involved both a multi-faceted audit and complete evaluation of AST to include the company’s accounting, finance, human resources, staff training, and business development systems, as well as how it administers its contracts and project management activities. It also considered the company’s decision-making processes including analysis and resolution.

Rose summed it up as follows: “Upon receiving our initial ISO: 9001:2015 certification in 2019, it required a lot planning, time and a strong commitment because it is such a rigorous process requiring active engagement of the entire organization. Obtaining and maintaining this achievement represents a strong, third-party validation of AST’s longstanding commitment to providing the highest quality products and services to all of our customers.”

Over the last several years, AST has performed rigorous and comprehensive audits by the internal Quality Control Board and validated by a third-party certifying body to ensure compliance is maintained with the current standard. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that AST customers receive consistent, high-quality products and services, which in turn brings clients many business benefits.