19 July 2017
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We are happy to announce that following an intensive assessment process Epilepsy Ireland were been awarded Certification at Level 1 last May (2018). 

What is PQASSO?

Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations is a quality assurance system that offers a straightforward, user-friendly approach to strengthen all areas of an organisation; used systematically, it can help an organisation run more effectively and efficiently.

The quality system comprises 12 specific standards and almost 100 individual indicators which show precisely how the standard can and should be met. Failure to fully meet these indicators result in failure to receive certification

Epilepsy Ireland first adopted the PQASSO process as a means of measuring its performance in 2012, receiving certification in January 2015. Following its commitment to continuous improvement Epilepsy Ireland began to review the entire PQASSO system in preparation for its application for re-certification.

PQASSO is an evidence based system so the independent assessor spent 3 days on site examining documented evidence of Epilepsy Ireland's achievement of the 12 standards and conducted personal interviews with a wide range of staff and board members.

Having completed his assessment the recommendation to certify is presented to National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) London the independent body who process the PQASSO system. They issued confirmation of Epilepsy Ireland's re-certification on May 25th. The current certificate will be valid for a further 3 years at which point Epilepsy Ireland's goal will be to apply for certification at PQASSO Level 2. 


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