I wanted to report on some very
positive news that is coming down the line which will raise the awareness of the
CMC in the marketplace. For some time
now, ICMCI has pursued membership in the International Accreditation Forum (IAF
- http://www.iaf.nu/), the world association
of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and sister organization to ISO. According to IAF’s website, their primary
function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment
which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that
accredited certificates may be relied upon.
Here in the US, both ANSI and ANAB are members.
At the recent ICMCI Congress,
delegates voted to become a full member of IAF. So, what does this mean – what are
the implications for IMC USA and each of you as consultants?
In previous Letters and in talks to
chapters, I spoke of the upcoming global standard for consulting practice which
will be based on the CMC. What IAF membership means is that the CMC
certification process will be recognized globally outside of ICMCI, including
ANSI, which will pave the way for far greater recognition of the CMC in the
marketplace, including an ISO standard based on the CMC in the next 2 years.
IMC USA (though ICMCI) will become
certified as a 17011 entity, a certification body which is recognized at the
international level by national standards bodies such as ANSI, which will
result in the CMC certification process being recognized as a 17024 process. This means that we will have official
government recognition for the CMC and for those who have achieved
Certification. This, coupled with the government relations work we will do
beginning next year, will provide far greater value in the marketplace for your
This has far reaching implications
for putting the CMC on the map and creating even more value for your
Certification. As I know more I will
pass it on, either via the Connector
or the Chair Blog, but I am excited about these developments and wanted to pass
on what I know to you.