Quality/Standard & Intellectual property
The Carnot institute Label
In 2011, the French Ministery of Higher Education and Research awarded a label of excellence to 34 Carnot institutes (link to Carnot Institut website) after a call for competitive application called “Carnot 2” following the 2006 “Carnot 1” project call.
The mission of the Carnot institutes is to bring public research and the economic world closer together to answer the company needs for innovation in order to boost their business and support their competitiveness.
Each year, Carnot institutes sign more than 5,000 R&D direct contracts with companies.
The overall competencies of the 34 Carnot institutes are divided into seven major categories:
- ICT - micro & nano technologies
- Materials, mechanics and processes
- Energy and environment, propulsion, chemistry
- Earth science, natural resources
- Life science, health technologies, nutrition
- Building construction, civil engineering, land use planning
- Human and Social sciences
The Carnot institutes comply with the terms of the Carnot Charter:
Establishment of a continuous improvement process
- Answer systematically at the requests of the partners, possibly by directing them towards another structure of research
- Establish a quote from the full costs or cost prices, with implementation schedule and expected supplies
- Comply with contractual commitments (cost, time, treatment of the claim of any partners, ...)
- Monitor the relationships with partners and assess their satisfaction
Qualified and recognised platforms (IBISA or ISO 9001 Labels)
GLOBAL CARE Initiative research units have started to implement a quality management system. By implementing quality in its policy and strategy, we would like to achieve its goals and objectives of excellence in science. Quality management systems will full fill two important requirements in this context:
- The customers’ requirements – confidence in the ability of the organization to deliver the desired product and service by consistently meeting customer’s needs and expectations.
- The organization’s requirements – both internally and externally, and at an optimum cost with efficient use of available resources (equipment, personnel, technology and information, etc.).
Many of our research facilities are already labelled ISO 9001 or IBISA (French Label for technological facilites than include the ISO9001 and that commit terms of the National IBISA Charter).
Under the terms of the IBiSA charter, the operator of the platform (defined as the assembly of equipment and human resources in a single location, with a view to offering the user community access to high-level technological resources) undertakes to provide access not only to on-site users but also to those based regionally and nationally, regardless of their status (publicly-funded labs, companies, etc.).
Platform accreditation and the specific resources (funding, staff) which are attributed accordingly are conditional on provision of a general specification and, depending on the platform’s theme, a more detailed specification. Each platform has a Scientific Advisory Board (comprising both users and external experts) that defines project priorities, ensures the quality of the services offered and suggests methodological changes and upgrades. The platform must display a formal service offering which specifies the access conditions and tariffs.
The platform must set up a quality management system based on the ISO 9001 standard. It must ensure its long-term technological performance level by performing methodological research that leads to scientific publications or research exploitation.
The GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) guidelines from OCDE are quality management standard references.
The GCP (Good Clinical Practice) guidelines from OCDE are applied in institutions dedicated to clinical trials.