Lofgren, George Q. (1990, ASQC) Registrar Accreditation Board, Milwaukee, WI
With increasing recognition of the ISO 9000-series of quality system standards comes the need to evaluate conformance to the requirements of the standards. In addition to direct, second-party evaluations of suppliers by their customers, various organizations have arranged to provide these evaluations on an independent, third-party basis.
There is now a need for assurance that these third-party organizations (registrars) are competent and reliable.
This assurance is provided through accreditation of the registrars by an ASQC subsidiary formed solely for this purpose, the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB).This paper describes the criteria which a registrar must meet in order to become accredited. The various phases of the accreditation process ere examined.
The RAB organization is described and the responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the Accreditation Council and the Technology Council are explored.
The benefits of accreditation, both domestically and in international trade, are discussed.