Relationship of U.S. Registration Activities to European Requirements

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Wadsworth, Harrison M.   (1991, ASQC)   Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Annual Quality Congress, Milwaukee WI    Vol. 45    No. 0
QICID: 9730    May 1991    pp. 718-719
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Article Abstract

This abstract is an edited version of the author's original.

The American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), through its Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB), is working to meet the 1992 deadline to establish a registration procedure that meets the European community (EC) requirements. The British Standards Institution (BSI) and Lloyds Registry are also playing important roles.

The European standards EN 29001 - EN 29003 correspond to ISO9001 - ISO 9003. Certification will be required for companies supplying certain products to one of these three standards, indicating that a supplier has a proper quality system in place; the standards do not assure that products meet requirements. However, the EC July 1985 Product Liability Directive will require documented proof by manufacturers that their product is free of defects. Another proposed EC directive requires manufacturers and importers to monitor the safety of their products throughout their useful life.

There have been many developments since ISO 9000: (1) In a May 1985 resolution, the European Commission Council endorsed the principle of European standards to replace the old method of using individual directives to remove trade barriers; (2) In December 1989, the EC adopted the Global Approach to Certification and Testing; (3) Efforts have been made to establish a European Organization for Testing and Certification (EOTC); (4) The European Committee for Quality System Assessment and Certification (EQS) was created in February 1989; (5) Early in 1990, the European Network for Quality Systems Assessment and Certification (EQNET) was founded, and full bilateral agreements of quality system registrations among EQNET members were developed; (6) Similar agreements, such as the agreement between BSI and Underwriters Laboratory (UL), were developed between EQNET members and American companies.

Keywords

American Society for Quality Control (ASQC),British Standards Institute (BSI),European Community (EC),ISO 9000,Registrars,Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB),Accreditation


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