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Volume 8 · Issue 6 · May 2003


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Divergence From Public Procedure Leads to Lawsuit

Are you aware of prohibitions against using a registrar and affiliated consulting firm if you are seeking registration to sector-specific standards aligned with ISO 9001:2000? And are you aware that enforcement of this prohibition led to a lawsuit because public procedures did not reflect actual practices that were authorized and documented elsewhere? Two very different lessons arise from a single situation, lessons you should learn before your organization suffers the affects of either outcome. This report covers the circumstances of the lawsuit, the suspension of AS9000/9100 accreditation because of AIR5359A:2001 provisions and its subsequent lifting and changes being made to ANSI-RAB NAP public procedures. Three new RAB advisories and excerpts from Procedure R2.7 are included.