THE IKT ACCREDITS INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PROCESSES, PRACTICES AND ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY COMPANIES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS THROUGH THE IKT QUALITY MARK

IKT QUALITY MARK

The IKT accredits innovation and knowledge transfer processes, practices and activities carried out by companies and other organisations that have reached a high level of capability and good practice in the field. The organisation submits to a review conducted by the IKT. If it is successful the organisation may use the IKT Quality Mark to support marketing and publicity for the activity that has been accredited.

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QUALITY MARK ACCREDITATION IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:

The candidate organisation decides what process, practice or activity it wishes to have accredited. An accreditation review is then undertaken during which the organisation would be expected to demonstrate to the following:

 

1. Clear aims

2. A description of the process, practice or activity submitted for accreditation

3. Measureable outputs and other non-quantifiable outcomes

4. The people involved; their experience and qualifications

5. That an adequate level of staff expertise exists to ensure continuity of the claimed capability

6. That an appropriate programme of staff training and CPD is in place and monitored to ensure the maintenance and development of staff expertise

7. Robustness and sustainability of the process, practice or activity, including:

8. Planning of the process

9. Internal or external quality review

10. Arrangements for internal review

11. That there is commitment at the highest level in the company to the maintenance of the claimed standards including adoption of the IKT code of practice.

CONDUCT OF THE REVIEW:

The Accreditation Review is conducted as follows:

 

 The organisation submits a completed application form accompanied by supporting documentation where necessary.

 The submitted documents are passed to two assessors appointed by the IKT.

 Where appropriate and possible, one or more IKT officers visit the company. This provides an opportunity to obtain answers to questions posed by the assessors.

 The assessors will return completed assessment forms, together with recommendations about whether or not the accreditation should be accepted.

 A summary of the review process that has been undertaken is prepared by the assigned IKT officer, together with a recommendation to accredit or not. This is submitted to the IKT Board for ratification.

Outcome of the Accreditation Review:

 

Upon successful completion of this procedure, accreditation will be awarded for three years. In such a case the organisation may use the IKT Quality Mark to support marketing and publicity for the activity that has been accredited. The IKT may also announce and publicise the accreditation as an example of the organisation working with the IKT.

 

If the review is unsuccessful, the IKT undertakes not to announce or publicise the fact without the agreement of the candidate organisation. It is open for the IKT or the candidate organisation to withdraw from the review process at any time with any publicity ensuing only with the agreement of both parties.