By Jim Lee
The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) have published the linked notifications referencing Resolutions #150 and #152 that they will be allowing companies and certification bodies that have not completed the full transition and upgrade audits by 9/15/18 a little bit of relief. This is intended to not penalize the certified AS companies when the certification bodies don’t have enough resources to get their clients completely through the upgrade or transitions with new certificates issued before the 9/15/18 expiration. Not every certification body may honor this or have the resources to do this, so we still see some possibility to transfer.
What these IAQG and ANAB releases state are that the certification body and AS client can work together to begin the certification upgrade, transition or transfer audit by 9/15/18, or before the current AS certificate expires. All parties will be given up to 6 months beyond 9/15/18 to complete the upgrade/transition or transfer audit, close findings from the audit, process the registration approval through the certification body office, and issue the new certificate before 3/15/19.
This is not an extension. The OASIS database will show your company with an expired AS certificate after 9/15/18, until the issue of the new certificate. It just prevents the AS company from paying for a full initial certification audit (more audit days) and extends the timing past 9/15/18 to complete the upgrade/transition process through the certification body process and closure of findings.
This will cause some hardship on your AS customers who must track and conduct a risk analysis of any supplier who has expired or lost certifications. The certification status is public information in the OASIS database and will show as expired after 9/15/18. There will be further scrutiny on AS certified companies by their customers who let their certification completely lapse by 9/15/18.
SimpleQuE consultants can prepare and guide your company through the transition process, contact us to find out how.