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ABS QE Certifies First Healthcare System to ISO 55001

February 15, 2018

San Antonio network University Health System achieves healthcare industry first in global standards.

(Houston) ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), a subsidiary of ABS Group providing management systems certification services, has awarded ISO 55001 standard certification to University Health System (UHS), a public teaching hospital and network of outpatient healthcare centers in San Antonio, Texas. UHS is the first healthcare system globally to be certified to the ISO 55001 Asset Management Standard.

ISO 55001:2014 was developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to enable organizations to implement effective and efficient management systems for physical assets. The certification provides confidence that an organization can achieve its asset management objectives consistently and sustainably over time.

"As the first, and currently only, global certification body accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), ABS QE is proud to award the first ISO 55001 certification in the healthcare industry," says Dominic Townsend, Vice President of ABS QE. "This is a significant achievement for UHS and demonstrates the Organization's commitment to international standards of excellence."

"University Health System is an organization that embraces best practices and industry standards in order to provide the best care for our patients with the greatest efficiency and quality," says Richard Rodriguez, Vice President of Assets and Property Management at UHS. "We are proud to be the first among our peers to have earned ISO 55001 certification."

ABS QE was awarded the first global accreditation status from ANAB to certify organizations to ISO 55001 in 2015.

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About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,300 professionals in over 30 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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