Henk Stegeman, Technical Expert
I’m a technical expert in microbiology. When organisations apply for accreditation I check whether they have met the specified standards in practice. I check whether they have performed the analyses correctly and whether they are using the correct method when doing so.
The RvA engages me on an individual assessment basis. I’m an expert, I’m impartial and I’m independent. And that’s the way it has to be because I take a very close look behind the scenes at an organisation. I work closely with a RvA Lead Assessor, who assesses whether the quality system has been set up properly. My job is to evaluate the technical activities. I’m closely involved with the other RvA microbiology experts, which gives me excellent back-up that I gladly call upon during my work.
An assessment results in quality improvements when the relevant organisation approaches the process properly. If you set up and maintain good quality systems then fewer and fewer errors are made, and that’s what it’s all about.