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Quality Management Systems in Mine Action Programs

The United Nations Mine Action Service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is in the process of implementing a new quality management system (QMS) for mine action in DRC. The QMS was implemented in July 2013 and its progress continues to be carefully monitored each quarter.

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 18.1

Publication date: April 2014

About the authors: 

Pascal Simon is a mine action specialist and was the UNMAS-DRC program manager until September 2014. He has previously worked in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Senegal and Tajikistan, supporting efforts to develop and reform mine action programs and related institutions.


Stefan De Coninck has been working in mine action for over 20 years in various countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has explosive ordnance disposal level four certification and has completed the International Register of Certificated Auditors’ training for lead auditors.