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The committee responsible for this document is Technical Committee ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance.
This first edition of ISO 18901 cancels and replaces IWA 4:2009, which has been technically revised.
One of the great challenges that societies are facing today is the need to develop and maintain citizens' confidence in their governments and their institutions. In this respect, local governments have a mission to make possible the development of sustainable local communities. Management of quality in local governments can result in sustainable economic prosperity and social development at local level, including deployment of, and interaction with, national and regional policies in a coherent and compatible way.
Citizens expect to have a community providing all public products/services with quality, such as safety and security, roads in good conditions, availability of public transportation, ease and speed in processing of documents, transparency and public information, availability of health and education systems, infrastructure; they expect all their needs to be satisfied.
Citizens expect to feel the local government represents them and that their community is well protected.
It is possible to build stronger regional, national and even global government working from the local level, based on managing the quality of the public products/services and increasing the confidence of the citizens in their government at local, regional and national level.
Achieving a high quality of local government enables the whole system of government to become stronger. Coherence of such approaches can help to create reliable and sustainable governments at local, regional and national level.
This International Standard has been prepared to provide guidelines to local governments throughout the world for understanding and implementing a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, in order to meet the needs and expectations of its citizens.