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RAB and QSA to Form New Global Certification Authority

Published: Thursday, July 8, 2004 - 22:00

The Registrar Accreditation Board and the Quality Society of Australasia Ltd. have agreed to form a new global personnel certification body by the end of this year.

The new organization will combine the auditor certification and training course accreditation of RAB with QSA’s auditor and specialized personnel certification and training provider programs.

“The new organization will capitalize of the strengths of both organizations,” reports Michael K. Carmody, QSA director and CEO. “In addition, it will facilitate expansion into new markets and the development of a broader international service profile.”

RAB President and CEO Robert H. King Jr. is equally optimistic about the new venture. “Combining QSA’s and RAB’s capabilities represents the joining of forces of two organizations very similar in mission, size and financial resources that are focused on serving the global marketplace,” King says.

The formation of the global certification authority is a strategic response to industry’s need for robust personnel certification programs. The new organization will release additional plans for personnel, training and auditing programs as the planning process continues. The needs of QSA’s and RAB’s auditors, members and course providers will be on the top of the list in the planning process.

“The organization will be one of the world’s largest accredited personnel certification and training provider accreditation bodies, offering a range of recognition and professional development services worldwide,” says Carmody. “It will be the only organization of its kind to operate through an electronic-based medium and be accredited to ISO/IEC 17024:2003 and ISO 9001:2000.”

For more information, visit www.qsanet.com.


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