What We Do

The Midwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Quality Assurance (MWSQA) began with an organizational meeting of 35 quality assurance professionals in July of 1991. This meeting established By-Laws and nominating committees, selected a chapter name, set the annual dues, and initiated plans for the first official chapter meeting in 1992.

The original chapter region encompassed Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania. Iowa, Eastern Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have now been added. Membership has steadily grown to over 300.

Each year the chapter arranges at least one MWSQA conference meeting which is open to MWSQA members and non-members as well. Conference meetings are held at various locations in the MidWest region. Meeting sites have been located throughout the entire Chapter area. The conferences generally consist of one to three days of training, presentations, and discussions.

The Chapter newsletter, "News From the Heartland", was first published in August 1993. The newsletter is published at least twice per year and contains information and news for the membership. The QA Classified advertises employment opportunities and QA related products, as well as National SQA and other regional chapter meeting and training announcements.

Our Mission

To advance quality concepts and methods to members through meetings, workshops, newsletters and the chapter website and to provide a forum for members to interact with other professionals having the same common interests.


  • Provide meetings and training that meet the needs of our membership, and advance the QA profession
  • Build on our internet presence to expand MWSQA's services and to formalize our chapter's infrastructure
  • Improve our organization by providing avenues of ownership for all Chapter members
  • Foster an atmosphere of collegiality through forums that allow MWSQA members to "network" with peers


  • Increase and sustain our membership each year
  • Attract a greater number of members with GCP, GMP for R&D, and Field Trial backgrounds
  • Incorporate topics of interest to all members into our meeting programs
  • Regularly incorporate government regulators' participation into our meeting programs
  • Seek to attract non-QA professionals who have an interest in advancing quality concepts to our meetings