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Your Route to QS 9000 & TS 16949 Certification           

Enquiry & Free Estimate

Following your enquiry and completion of our application and questionnaire we review that information and provide you with a free estimate. There are no fees until you accept the estimate and return the signed contract that includes the conditions for certification. We contact you to start the certification process and agree dates for the Pre-Audit, assign an auditor who contacts you to finalise arrangements.

Pre-Audit Visit

The Pre-Audit, on site, provides a focus for planning the Main Audit, reviews documentation specific to your business and works with your staff to quickly resolve any problems.

Main Audit Visit

The Main Audit measures the effectiveness of the Quality Management System in managing your quality requirements, products, processes and services. The audit is carried out alongside your own people, with results and findings openly discussed and reviewed. At the end of the audit a report is prepared for acknowledgement and acceptance by your company representative. Any corrective actions arising from the audit are discussed and any forward plan of work agreed, including a follow-up visit if needed.

Certification Approval

When your quality management System complies with QS 9000 a certificate of approval is issued, which is valid for three years, subject to satisfactory on-going maintenance of your quality management system. We shall notify the ASQ database of new QS-9000 certifications within 10 working days, including the detailed information of certification.

Surveillance Programme

The surveillance audits during a three year assessment shall audit all parts of the clients QS-9000 quality management system, ( form 15-12) Surveillance audits of a Clients quality management system shall be undertaken every 12 months, unless probation has occurred the 6 monthly for 18 months, during the certification period. The first surveillance audit shall be programmed to be carried out 12 months from the date of certification approval.

Three-yearly Re-assessment Visit

Every 3 years your quality management system needs to be re-assessed. Following satisfactory reassessment your certificate is reissued for a further three years. Following satisfactory reassessment your certificate is reissued for a further three years.