Valid or Not?

Abstract:ISO certifications are vital for organizations that must meet certain regulations to remain in operation. These certifications are also assurances to perspective buyers or clients that an organization has clear plans in place and actively work to meet a uniform set of regulations based on their industry. However, it is not always clear how to validate that a certification is up to date and properly earned. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) as well as the ISO's Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) both work to ensure that the people handing out certifications to organizations are qualified to do so. Members of either the IAF or CASCO are experts in conformity assessment and are even used to assess their peers. IAF and CASCO, among other organizations, work to homogenize regulations internationally, as well as those performing audits and conformity …

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Very interesting article, providing clarifications on important aspects of certifications not very well known, even to Quality Engineers and Managers. This is a clear example of the added value that Quality Progress can bring to ASQ members. Congratulations to the authors, well done.
--Davide Ceruti, 07-10-2018

Valid or Not is a timely and insightful publication. Management System Certified organizations usually do not know all the details happening behind the certification process unless organization's staff are actively involved in their countries standard's committee (USTAG for USA). This publication clearly explains the extent of due diligence in place all the way to International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Evaluating a certificate's validity is an important section that every organization has to read. This is even more helpful to Supplier Quality Engineers and Managers. This knowledge will help to verify certificate's validity and relevance to the products and service that organization procure from their external providers. I have seen unaccredited ISO 9001 certificates provided during the supplier audits. I have also seen suppliers present an ISO 9001 certificate from Corporate office and apply to every site with different scope of business. Unless you are armed with knowledge like this, you will not be able to ask the right questions during your supplier qualification or selecting certification bodies for your own organization.

Thanks to Quality Progress for publishing this article.

--Govind Ramu, 07-09-2018

--Alan Daniels, 07-09-2018

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