Original Press Release
ACLASS Accredits First Inspection Body to ISO/IEC 17020
Press release date: January 13, 2009
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-American Society for Quality (ASQ) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) / ACLASS has awarded its first accreditation certificate for ISO/IEC 17020, the international standard for inspection bodies, to Damarc Quality Inspection Services LLC. Damarc is a boiler/pressure vessel inspection agency based in Dresser, WI.
The awarding of its first ISO/IEC 17020 certificate marks the expansion of ACLASS accreditation services to include inspection bodies, in addition to those for testing and calibration laboratories and reference material producers.
"We have moved into a complementary line of business with our other accreditation programs," Keith Greenaway, ACLASS vice president, said. "It's exciting to have accredited our first organization to ISO/IEC 17020 and the first organization within the boiler/pressure industry to earn this accreditation."
Damarc performs third-party safety certification inspections for pressure piping, boilers, mechanical refrigeration, refineries, pressure vessels and conventional and nuclear power plants both in service and under construction. The organization also develops welding procedures and provides third-party inspection of welded repairs for clients holding the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors "R" Certificate of Authorizations.
"In the ever-changing technological world of heat and energy generation, Damarc prides itself on accountable, accurate, thorough, and timely inspections. This accreditation by ACLASS is proof of such accountability," Mark Rudek, president of Damarc, said. "Damarc is the very first accredited boiler and pressure vessel in-service inspection agency to obtain the ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation status."
Damarc was the first organization accredited by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors to perform authorized in-service safety inspections of boilers and pressure vessels. All of Damarc's inspectors hold the National Board Commission to provide safety inspections as required by the state jurisdictions and many federal agencies.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board provides accreditation services under the ACLASS and ANAB brands.
Under the ACLASS brand, the organization accredits ISO/IEC 17025 testing and calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17020 inspection bodies, and ISO Guide 34 reference material producers.
Under the ANAB brand, the organization is the U.S. accreditation body for management systems and accredits certification bodies for ISO 9001 quality management systems; ISO 14001 environmental management systems; ISO 22000 food safety management systems; ISO 28000 supply chain security management systems; ISO/IEC 20000-1 information technology service management systems; ISO 27001 information security management systems; ANSI/AIHA Z10, CSA Z1000, and BS OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management systems, and numerous industry-specific requirements.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and is a signatory of the ILAC and IAF multilateral recognition arrangements. Through these arrangements, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board cooperates with other accreditation bodies around the world to provide value to the organization it has accredited and their clients, ensuring that accredited certificates are recognized nationally and internationally. The global conformity assessment system ensures confidence and reduces risk for customers engaging in trade worldwide.
For more information about ACLASS, visit www.aclasscorp.com.
For more information about ANAB, visit www.anab.org.