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Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM.
AISC will post the new rules and regulations for its updated Bridge Quality Management System (QMS) Certification Program on Monday, October 1. In addition to the new Standard for Steel Bridges – 2011 (AISC 205-11), this criteria will increase the requirements a participant must meet to become certified or maintain their current certification.
Previously, companies were audited to a checklist, which was intended to demonstrate they had created the required management and quality procedures. The updated program is designed to ensure that companies don’t just say they have procedures in place but are actually following them.
“This program change will better communicate to owners, specifiers and others in the construction industry what the QMS Certification Program provides in terms of quality and expectation,” said Jacques Cattan, AISC vice president of certification.
The AISC Quality Management System Certification Program is similar to the more widely known ISO 9000 program, but is designed specifically to examine the unique requirements of steel fabricators. Similar to ISO, the goal of the AISC QMS program is to embed a quality management system within an organization to increase productivity, which helps to reduce unnecessary costs and ensure the quality of processes. The result is a better quality product without the need for special inspection.
The transition between the current “Simple and Major Bridge Checklists” and new bridge standard will be complete on July 1, 2014. After this time, “Simple Bridge” and “Major Bridge” will no longer be valid AISC Certification categories, and the design community will be able to specify a certified bridge fabricator to one of the three AISC QMS Certified Fabricator options under the Bridge QMS Certification category: Simple Bridges, Intermediate Bridges, and Advanced Bridges.
For the latest program updates and other key dates, visit www.aisc.org/bridgecertification, which includes additional information and resources. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact AISC’s Certification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.