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Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, DOST-CALABARZON's regional director, announced in a Seminar on ISO Revisions held recently at Los Banos, Laguna that the Regional Office will soon be revising its Quality Management System (QMS) from ISO 9001:2000 to the 2008 version of ISO 9001.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a network of standards institutes from 159 countries, published the 2008 version of ISO 9001 on November 15, 2008 and recently declared it as now ready for use. This means any remaining ISO 9001:2000 certificates will become invalid on November 15, 2010. Until then, certificates to ISO 9001:2000 will be considered equal to certificates to ISO 9001:2008. Under the 2008 version, no new requirements, however, have been introduced. Most of the changes are for ease of use and improved compatibility with ISO 14001:2004. ISO/TS 16949 and AS91xx will change as they are derivatives of ISO 9001 -. However, ISO 13485:2003 will not be amended.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) has opened the search for the 2010 Pro Scentia Transformatrix Award. The achievement award is bestowed by the Academy for extraordinary enterprise shown by corporate institutions/foundations operating within the Philippines resulting in notable practical success directly due to pioneering and novel science/technology and leading to measurable increase in the global competitiveness of the Philippines. The Academy will exercise the widest possible latitude in defining the terms of reference for "notable success", "pioneering and novel applications of science and technology," and "measurable increase in global competitiveness".

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences [TWAS] ) are announcing opening of the search for the 2010 TWAS Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines. It is given to an outstanding young Filipino scientist in recognition, support and promotion of his/her excellence in scientific research, as well as, promote scientific research on country problems.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST), in cooperation with Du Pont, is announcing the 2010 Talent Search for Young Scientists. DuPont opened the search to honor young scientists who put science to work by "creating sustainable solutions for a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere" the maxim practiced by DuPont as a company.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) is announcing the opening of the 2010 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Awards. OYS awards are given to young Filipino scientist (less than 40 years old) who have made significant contributions to science and technology. A total of ten OYS Awards are available this year, split among the following divisions: agriculture sciences; biological sciences; chemical, mathematical and physical sciences; engineering sciences and technology; health sciences; and social sciences