A Company Overview
What is ISOQAR?
ISOQAR is an accredited certification body. This means that ISOQAR is accredited to audit organizations against a variety of management standards. On a day-to-day basis, this work is regulated by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
ISOQAR is an independent, third-party certification body without affiliation to any other company or organization. It assesses a wide range of manufacturing and service organizations, both throughout the US and across many parts of the world.
ISOQAR – The Company
Conceived in the late eighties, ISOQAR became accredited by UKAS in February 1993 and was incorporated in the USA in June 1994 and accredited by the ANAB in May 1997. It was founded by David Crompton and George Maxwell using their extensive knowledge of all aspects of the ‘quality world’. Knowledge gained through working as Quality Managers in industry, Lead Auditors/Managers with other certification bodies and free lance consultants.
In October 2010, ISOQAR Ltd was sold to the Alcumus Group but ISOQAR Inc continues to operate independently. It uses the services of auditors throughout the USA and the original directors still take a ‘hands on’ approach to running the business, maintaining their original enthusiasm.
ISOQAR’s roots lie in providing a service, which is affordable for small to medium-sized businesses. However, the company’s pricing structure and its philosophy of being approachable on any quality matter has resulted in organizations of all sizes choosing to work with ISOQAR.
The ISOQAR Approach
Understanding what it is like to be on the receiving end of the audit process, ISOQAR has developed a unique package of benefits for companies seeking registration.
ISOQAR’s audit fees are among the most competitive in the industry. Expenses are charged at cost for attending companies’ premises within the USA and a certificate is provided free to organizations achieving the standard. To comply with accreditation body guidelines, ISOQAR carries out triennial audits. Costs for this will be kept to a minimum and discussed with you in advance.
Friendly and Down-to-Earth
There is no need for audits to be traumatic. ISOQAR’s auditors are selected for their ability to work with the management representative from the company and to be approachable; establishing that the management system works for the benefit of the company and checking it as though they were customers of the firm. Emphasis is firmly placed on practicality.
A Rapid Response
Whether it be a query about certification, or an urgent need to achieve registration itself, ISOQAR specializes in providing answers or audits at speed. Friendly help and expert knowledge are always available at the end of a telephone.
The Use of Industry Experts
When selecting staff for a particular audit, ISOQAR will always choose an expert from the industry being audited. This ensures that the audit process takes place in an air of mutual understanding. There is no conflict arising from a lack of knowledge of the challenges faced in running that particular business. The auditor and the company being audited both speak the same language.
ISOQAR’s Track Record
ISOQAR has certified thousands of organizations working to the various ISO standards. And the number is growing daily. More and more companies are not only realizing the benefits of being a ‘quality assured firm’, but also the benefits of using ISOQAR. Its dislike of bureaucracy and its philosophy of being approachable mean that nearly all ISOQAR’s contracts stem from recommendations by management consultants or previously certified businesses. This has resulted in the company’s considerable and stable growth in recent years.