Your Suppliers' QMS Certificate – Is It Recognized Worldwide?It has been nearly 25 years since ISO 9001 came ashore in the United States. Since then, thousands of manufacturers and non-manufactures have gained title to a quality management system certificate. Achieving ISO 9001 recognition declares to customers "you can trust our quality system" while also giving order to the management of the organization's business system.
Consistently providing conforming product is one of the basic concepts of ISO 9001. What aids in cementing this concept is annual verification by an impartial third party certification body or registrar.
What gives confidence in this verification process is accreditation recognition. In the U.S., that recognition is awarded by ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) or IAS (International Accreditation Service). These organizations are part of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), a worldwide association of accreditation bodies and other interested parties promoting quality management system confidence and consistency.
Integrity of the verification process is paramount to QMS confidence and consistency.
Certification bodies (registrars) in the U.S are governed and regularly experience required re-certification and surveillance office audits to demonstrate the utmost level of confidence. Additionally, the CB's auditors are witnessed in the field as they conduct specific audit schemes such as ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO/TS 16949, etc.
This activity tests the registrar's competency to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization's quality management system as well as the auditor's competency and expertise to audit specific industry and business processes.
The objective is to ensure that the certification held by a client is valuable, stands for integrity, is backed by the IAF worldwide network, and makes the statement that you can trust "our" quality system!
So...how do you determine if a supplier certificate you have on file is from an accredited registrar? Look for the certification body/registrar's logo/mark on the certificate and the logo/mark of the accreditation body such as ANAB or IAS. You will find both logo/marks near each other on the certificate. Better yet...go to the IAF website and type in the name of the certification body/registrar that issued the document. If the name of the registrar doesn't appear, it is a good bet the document was issued by an unaccredited organization. If ASR can help verify the certificate, contact our sales force.