The Scottish Quality Management Centre isn’t asserting its independence. Perhaps the EU may throw it a little bone of authority one day. Should Scots really vote themselves out of the Union, Scotland may need its own accreditation service to exercise a monopoly over its population of 5M EU-dependents. But in a few years time, will the greedy eurocrats still be there to rule them?
Meanwhile, the SQMC describes why UKAS is best:
“Although it’s legally possible for non-UKAS accredited companies to provide their clients with certificates that testify of their compliance to a certain Standard (e.g. ISO 9001), we at SQMC will never offer such as service – for the following reasons:
“We hold the belief that there is no genuine value in an ISO 9001 certificate which is printed, signed and awarded by the same company which put your Systems in place and wrote your Quality Manual – due to an obvious conflict of interests.
“We employ 3rd party Auditors who work for many well known UKAS-approved Certification Bodies; and they all have cited personal experiences of large business deals breaking down when one party assesses the other’s certification papers – only to discover that their ISO 9001 certificate is not recognised by UKAS. In essense, from their point of view, it is ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’ – as it was rejected as an unreliable guarantee of compliance, ultimately failing to secure the partnership between supplier and client. SQMC would hate for this to happen to one of our clients!
“Therefore, we urge you to ask questions before contracting any company which offers ‘guaranteed ISO 9001 certification in X amount of days’. We recommend that you ask if they are UKAS-accredited, and request written evidence of this. While they may offer excellent service as consultants, don’t you want to ensure that the certificate they promise to provide will be accepted by everyone? Think long-term. Afterall, a bargain is only a bargain if you can use it for the purpose for which it was bought; and – as with most things in life – if it seems to good to be true… it probably is!”
“We are at a stage when we need to get ISO 9001 as a company. The reason being we are not getting through most pre-qualification questionnaires for tenders as we can’t tick the ISO box. We are an electrical contractor going for tenders up to £300,000.00.
“Personally I hate the system but we have no choice now.“
Legalised compulsion in a pseudo-free market: that’s what accreditationism needs to survive. That’s what the international inspection cartel delivers. Too many people have got used to words meaning their opposites because the government says so.