Certification - Registration

2017 Transition Issues (Common Non-Conformances during ISO Audits)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017
ASR Editor
These have been most common non-conformances found in recent ASR client transition audits (2017). Our hope is clients can apply these NC’s as a learning tool to improve their organization’s QMS.

ISO Re-Certification Count Down

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
ASR Editor
Keep These Transition Dates Handy!

Behind the Scenes with AS 9100

Tuesday, 21 May 2013
ASR Editor
We don't expect to see any changes for at least another year with the AS 9100 standard. AS 9100 C was implemented in 2011-12 and all ASR clients are now upgraded.

Audit Expectations - Customer Specific Requirements

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
ASR Editor
In a continuing effort to promote the integrity and credibility of automotive supplier certification, Ford, GM and Chrysler sat down August 12, 2013 with members of the International Automotive Certification Bodies Association (IACBA) to communicate the approach they want to see from Certification Body auditors when auditing Customer Specific Requirements under ISO/TS 16949.

Standards Revision: ISO 14001:2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
ASR Editor
Dear ASR clients:

The new ISO 14001:2015 standard was published on September 15, 2015.
Required timing for client transition: No later than September 15, 2018

American Systems Registrar (ASR) plans to begin conducting audits to ISO 14001:2015 in January of 2016.

Transferring Your Certification

Monday, 16 February 2015
ASR Editor

Transferring your Certification to ASR is easy.

ASR regularly receives requests from organizations seeking to transfer their registration certificates because customer service and satisfaction is lacking.

ASR's transfer process is simple:

Step 1 – Send us some basic information about your organization (you can use the ASR website or email to dave@asrworldwide.com) or better yet, pick up the phone (888-891-9002) and talk immediately to either Dave Gawlak or Tom Droog and they will help with the completion of the information needed.

IATF Mandates Certificate from Recognized Accreditation Body

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
ASR Editor
Effective December 31, 2017 organizations that supply to ISO/TS 16949 customers will be required to hold a certificate from a certification body (registrar) that is part of the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Agreement (IAF MLA).    IAF manages the worldwide process for accreditation.

ISO 17021: What it Means for You?

Friday, 25 February 2011
ASR Editor
ISO 17021 is the document which contains the requirements for Registrars. This document was released in 2006 with a one year transition period for Registrars.

So what does this mean to you as a client of ASR?

Aerospace Update – Post Delivery Support

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Karl Dorr - ASR Quality Manager
A recent aerospace conference indicated that some organizations were not properly reviewing their customer requirements as it pertains to after delivery Support.

New Rules for ISO/TS 16949

Monday, 10 February 2014
ASR Editor
Effective April 1, 2014, ASR will begin auditing against the new ISO/TS 16949 rules.

ASR prepared an informational piece regarding the updated rules and within the last 30 days e-mailed it to automotive clients. If you have questions or did not receive the e-mail, contact Dave Gawlak or Tom Droog at ASR.

Big Impact to TS 16949 Clients

Thursday, 07 November 2013
ASR Editor
2013 Audit Update for IATF - Effective October 1, 2013 the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) released updated audit rules that will greatly impact third-party audits of automotive suppliers.

AS9100:2009 (Rev. C) Update

Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Tom Droog
AS9100:2009 (Rev. C) is now fully released with the advent of AS 9104/1, the AS9100:2009 (Rev. C) interpretation guideline document for registrars.

Heads Up - ISO 9001:2008 Certificates Expire September 15, 2018

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
ASR Editor
All ISO 9001:2008 QMS certificates expire September 15, 2018. This is the result of the September 15, 2015 publication of ISO 9001:2015. As a result, client transition to ISO 9001:2015 is NO LATER than September 15, 2018. This gives clients 3 years to transition their system.

All certificates issued to ISO 9001:2008 after September 15, 2015 will expire on September 15, 2018. Once an upgrade audit has occurred the expiration date will be modified to reflect a three year certificate.

Audit Tips

Tuesday, 21 May 2013
ASR Quality Expert

Review these tips to make the audit process easier and more efficient for your staff.

UPDATE - ISO 9001 moves on to final draft stage

Friday, 07 November 2014
ASR Editor
Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee revising ISO 9001, gives an update on where we are at with the latest revision of the standard (expected in 2015), following the results of a vote which approved the latest draft to progress to the final stage in the revision: FDIS (Final Draft International Standard).

Standards Revision: ISO 9001:2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
ASR Editor
Dear ASR clients:

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard was published on September 15, 2015 (available 9/23/2015)
Required timing for client transition: No later than September 15, 2018

American Systems Registrar (ASR) plans to begin conducting audits to ISO 9001:2015 in January of 2016.

ASR will be recommending clients to transition to ISO 9001:2015 at their recertification audit if possible. Clients that transition at recertification time will not incur additional audit time. Clients may choose to transition at a surveillance audit or at a special audit at any time during the audit cycle. Additional audit time will be required to cover the review of changes to the quality management system. The additional time would be dependent on the size of the organization.

F-3000 Nonconformance Response

Thursday, 17 November 2011
ASR Editor
Below highlights the changes that have been made to the ASR Nonconformance Report (F-3000).

Opportunity for Improvement - A Benefit

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Rand E. Winters - ASR Lead Auditor
An Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) is a pretty neat idea! It allows your ASR auditor to share with you valuable ideas that may be helpful as your organization pushes its quality management system for continual improvement.

In fact, a well-thought out Opportunity for Improvement in many cases may be of more value than a well-implemented non-conformance.

What is the definition of an OFI as listed in ASR's auditing procedure?

Is your supplier's QMS certificate recognized worldwide?

Thursday, 28 April 2016
ASR Editor
How do you know if a QMS is viable across the globe?

For almost 30 years, the ISO 9001 standard has been used in the United States. Thousands of manufacturers and non-manufactures have acquired QMS certificate. Attaining 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.

Does ISO 9001 Certification Remind You of Spoiled Milk?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Dan Nelson
Bill Cosby once did a routine about a funny aspect of human nature: How we all seem to have a hard time believing the obvious.

So Cosby pulls some milk out of the fridge. He sniffs it. It’s unbelievably rancid, and
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