Bhavan Mehta

Bhavan Mehta (second from right, holding plaque) Sept. 12 was honored with the 28th annual Simon Collier Quality Award by the American Society for Quality Los Angeles Section. (photo provided)

The American Society for Quality’s Los Angeles Section Sept. 12 announced that Indian American Bhavan Mehta has been named a 2017 Simon Collier Quality Award recipient.

Mehta, of Mission Viejo, Calif., is the principal consultant of GMP ISO Expert Services. He was honored with the award for spreading quality globally and activities related to helping U.S. and global clients on FDA warning letters and ISO Quality Systems remediation due to deficiencies and ultimately to improve consumer/patient safety, ASQ said in a news release.

Mehta also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching quality courses in the MSQA program at California State University Dominguez Hills and Six Sigma Blackbelt at California State University Pomona, as well as ASQ Certification courses for the Orange Empire Section ASQ.

Mehta holds an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University and a MSQA degree from California State University Dominguez Hills. He is an ASQ Fellow and holds eight ASQ certifications.

His volunteer activities with the Orange Empire Section during the past 10 years include volunteering in the roles of section chair, vice chair, audit chair and currently as career chair.

He has served as a speaker at various U.S. and global conferences, and at the Southern California Quality Conference for the past seven years.

Mehta has also co-authored “Practical Process Validation,” chapters in the publication “The Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Handbook,” and authored “Implementing ISO/IEC 17025:2005 –A Practical Guide.”

This is the 28th year of the award named after Simon Collier, who was elected in 1965 as the fourth honorary member of ASQ, and shepherded the society during a critical period of intense growth.

Under Collier’s leadership, from 1952 through 1953, ASQ saw its membership increase 22 percent to nearly 7,500 members, and 11 new sections came into being, according to an ASQ news release.

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