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The following news release is from the Registrar Accreditation Board. For more information, contact Janet Jacobsen, (888) 722-2440.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin — The Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) has announced a requirement for its certified Quality Management Systems (QMS) ISO 9000 auditors to complete transition training on the soon-to-be-released ISO 9000:2000 standards.

"RAB’s role as an auditor certification body is to assure that any new skill requirements for certified auditors are met and maintained. Therefore, we are requiring that all RAB-certified auditors complete a minimum of 14 hours of training within 24 months of the issuance of ISO 9001:2000," stated Joseph R. Dunbeck, RAB chief executive officer.

RAB-certified auditors must complete the transition training course before conducting audits to ISO 9000:2000 if they wish to use these audits for maintaining certification. It is permissible for auditors to continue to audit to the ISO 9000:1994 standards for up to three years after issuance of the 2000 series, which is expected by the end of this year.

To ensure the consistency and quality of transition training for certified auditors, the RAB auditor certification department has developed a program for approval of acceptable transition training courses, in which it will review materials submitted by a course giver. When RAB determines that the course meets stated learning objectives, the course will be added to an approved course list on the ISO 9000:2000 transition section of RAB’s Web site at www.rabnet.com.

"This approval process will aid RAB-certified auditors in the selection of an acceptable course. By selecting an approved course, an auditor is assured that RAB has accepted the course as meeting stated requirements and, therefore, that auditor is required to submit less documentation," explained Cindy Miller, director of RAB’s auditor certification programs.

Complete information on the transition training requirements was mailed to all RAB-certified auditors earlier this month. RAB’s Web site will offer a new section devoted to the latest developments surrounding the transition to ISO 9000:2000. This information will be online at www.rabnet.com by September 1, 2000.

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