IAPMO R&T is backed by more than 80 years of experience and innovation. This places IAPMO R&T in an unrivaled position of experience, knowledge, and reputation. We understand companies’ needs, regardless of size and industry sector.
IAPMO R&T contracts with only experienced auditors that know your needs, whether you are a small, medium or large-sized company. They will work with you to get the most out of an assessment with minimum disruption and cost to your operations.
When you choose IAPMO R&T as your business partner, you are also choosing our international reputation for excellence. IAPMO R&T operates in many countries; we have the flexibility and capability to provide first-class service anywhere around the world. We are just a phone call away for whatever you need with the development of your system.
IAPMO R&T allows you to obtain product certification and gain registration—all from one supplier.
For current listees using IAPMO R&T for product certification, one advantage is the savings incurred from combined inspections. We will combine the annual registration audit together with the plant inspection, therefore reducing the number of visits to your plant.
Our staff becomes a partner on your team.
We work with you to pick an audit date that best meets your organization’s needs.
We make every attempt to send the same auditor year after year. Our auditors then become more familiar with your business, thus facilitating a smooth audit process.
Rely on IAPMO R&T’s experience and knowledge for a smooth, efficient registration process. As part of our thorough process, we work closely with you to customize an ideal registration plan. Typical steps include:
Proposal accepted audit is scheduled
Pre-assessment initiated (optional)
Registration audit completed (Stage 1 and Stage 2)
Clients are notified of quality system deviations through the issuance of nonconformance reports (NCRs) at the time of their audit. Your lead auditor will notify you of the time allowance during the closing meeting.
A pre-assessment is optional; IAPMO R&T does not require it. However, the benefits of having a pre-assessment are numerous, including focusing your attention on your current quality system weaknesses, allowing you to gain experience and familiarity with an audit and IAPMO R&T auditors, and increasing your overall chances of passing the registration audit.
IAPMO R&T considers the pre-assessment to be a very important step toward a successful registration audit. Although pre-assessments are entirely optional, most IAPMO R&T clients who have undergone pre-assessments pass their registration audit the first time.
IAPMO R&T works with individual clients to promote consistency among audit personnel. We recommend that a minimum of one person from the pre-assessment team be on the registration audit team; however, no guarantees can be made as to auditor availability.
If the proposed modification is closely related to the existing scope/quality system, it is usually verified and approved at the next surveillance audit to help minimize costs. If it is a substantive departure from the registered scope, a special assessment may be required for approval.
The registration certificate is valid for three years. At the end of the three-year period, a reassessment will be scheduled to renew the certificate. Between the time of the initial registration audit and the certificate renewal at three years, clients are audited periodically based on their choice of surveillance schedules: bi-annual (audits every six months) or annual (audits once per year).
Clients are routinely quoted for surveillance visits every twelve months unless they ask for the bi-annual surveillance schedule. In either case, recently issued guidelines from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) require that the total audit time for reassessment purposes be equal to two-thirds of the time devoted to the initial registration audit. Reassessment time may vary from the mandated 2/3 figure based on "significant factors that uniquely apply to the organization," including, but not limited to, those contained in Annex A and B of the IAF MD 5:2015. The mandatory document is available on the IAF website at http://www.iaf.nu under “Publications.”
Most IAPMO R&T clients choose the continuous (every-six-months) surveillance option due to its inherent advantages. Under this method, your quality system remains under ongoing maintenance. With shorter intervals between audit visits, your system has less of a chance to break down. In this way, there is far less of a chance that auditors will find any major nonconformances, which can be time-consuming and expensive to correct.
Yes! IAPMO R&T will match the audit requirements to your organizational structure and provide a well-defined audit plan and a detailed audit schedule for your review well in advance of the actual audit.
IAPMO R&T follows the guidelines contained in ISO 19011:2018 to define its competency criteria for quality system auditors. ISO 19011:2018 details requirements for education, training, experience, personal attributes, management capabilities, and continuing education.
Yes. The dialogue between you and your Lead Auditor is very important as this interaction helps coordinate the entire registration program. Your assigned Lead Auditor will be a valuable resource to guide you through the pre-registration and registration process.
Yes, IAPMO R&T maintains a list of all its registered companies. For details, please click here. If you are unable to find the organization that you are looking for, please contact us at 1-877-4-MY-ISO-1.
It depends on the size of the company seeking registration and the complexity of processes employed by the company. Our Registration Services Department will provide a competitive quotation upon receiving the application. All registrars are obligated to follow international guidelines on man-day requirements for the standard in question.
Travel, lodging and per diem are billed at cost. Since IAPMO R&T has auditors all across the country, our aim is always to select the closest auditor to the client's facility, thereby keeping travel costs to a minimum.
IAPMO R&T may charge for travel time if it involves travel of half a day or longer (more than 4 hours). Travel time is charged at a fixed rate and without additional handling fees. IAPMO R&T, upon availability, will select local auditors to avoid/reduce travel-related expenses.
IAPMO R&T offers an extensive curriculum of training courses. Understanding your standard is critical to ensure that company operations remain compliant with standards and that the full terms of certification are met. IAPMO R&T training programs help ensure that initial improvements in operations are sustained and that opportunities for further improvement are recognized. To find out more information on training courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-4-MY-ISO-1 (within the U.S.) or +1(909) 230-5530 (outside the U.S.).
No. Although employing a management systems consultant to help you in obtaining/maintaining your management systems certification may be a good option for your organization, this will not make the certification process with IAPMO R&T any simpler, easier, faster or less expensive. Please click here for our full disclosure memorandum.