To enable the issue of an IECEx Certificate of Conformity, the manufacturer must also hold a valid Quality Assessment Report (QAR) unless the IECEx certification is unit verification.
Typically we only test a small sample of products as part of any approval. The Quality Assessment Report is therefore involved with the continued monitoring of systems and processes in relation to those ‘Ex’ products. It involves periodic audit of the manufacturing process by a qualified auditor.
IECEx Quality Assessment Report (QAR)
The manufacturer must ensure compliance with the full requirements of IECEx operational document OD 005 and have an ISO 9001 compliant Quality Management System.
An audit (typically one day) will take place annually (under the terms of the IECEx rules) and we are equipped to conduct this, ensuring that you can declare full compliance to the scheme.
If the manufacturer holds an accredited ISO 9001 certificate from a certification body that holds a national accreditation (e.g UKAS, RAB, ANAB) and are a signatory of the IAF MLA, the frequency of the audit may be changed to 18 month periods.
Where possible, we will combine any audit actions (as well as offering a combined ISO 9001 and QA audit facility) which can cut costs and timescales dramatically. Please contact us for more information.
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