OTGA Training Course Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs – DL 29 Sep 19

We are pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the Training Course Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs is open between 3 – 29 September 2019.

We therefore invite you to share this information among potential interested candidates in your country and Region.

All information, including a course flyer, can be found following the UNESCO/IOC link https://www.oceanexpert.net/event/2374


The IODE maintains a global network of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU) responsible for the collection, quality control, archive and online publication of many millions of ocean observations. The concept of quality management has become increasingly significant for these centres to meet national and international competency standards for delivery of data products and services. The IODE Quality Management Framework encourages NODCs and ADUs to implement a quality management system which will lead to the accreditation.

This training workshop provides an introduction for NODCs and ADUs to the development, implementation and management of a Quality Management System which will assist in the adoption of comprehensive management practices and increased confidence in the quality of their data, products and services.

Aims and Objectives

    • To introduce the IODE Quality Management Framework
    • To introduce the ISO 9000 series of standards
    • To provide a description of a Quality Management System
    • To describe the importance of quality management for oceanographic data
    • To describe the accreditation process for NODCs and ADUs

This is a practical workshop. The participants will work in teams to complete workshop exercises on each topic to reinforce learning and understanding of the requirements for a quality management system and the IODE accreditation requirements for NODCs and ADUs.

Target Audience

Course participation is restricted to representatives of NODCs and ADUs. Applicants must include an endorsement letter from their institution stating their commitment to work towards IODE accreditation of their data centre. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their organization’s workflow and processes.

NOTE: UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged.


    • Greg Reed, IOC/IODE
    • Others to be announced


Course Pre-requisites:

    • Need to bring own laptop
    • Good working knowledge of English.


A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students (90% attendance to the classroom course mandatory).

The UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE is certified as a Learning Services Provider (ISO 29990:2010).

The OceanTeacher Global Academy is a Project of IOC/IODE supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST) of the Government of Flanders, Belgium.


Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on https://otga.wufoo.com/forms/wgyixoq0u0whin/ or https://bit.ly/2lWNOVu no later than 29 September 2019. Do not leave for the last minute since the system closes automatically. In case you have any questions please contact the organisers well in advance: given time differences you may not get a reply to your questions immediately.

No tuition fee applies. Both full- and co-sponsoring are available for a limited number of participants.


In case of questions please contact:

always indicating as subject: OTGA Training Course: Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs, 18 – 21 November 2019, Oostende, Belgium

Kind regards,

OTGA Secretariat


email: ioc.training@unesco.org

URL’s: www.ioc-cd.org / www.iode.org / www.oceanteacher.org

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