Israeli aircraft component forging company Carmel Forge was found to have falsified test data on its components for 15 years, but held AS9100 certification and Nadcap accreditation during at least part of that period. Carmel Forge was, at the time, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., which holds leadership positions in the IAQG, the organization responsible for the AS9100 certification scheme.

Pratt Whitney originally discovered the problem in 2011, and the test data may have been falsified as far back as the late 1990s. Despite this, records show the company was certified by registrar NQA as far back as 2004, and then held NQA certification for both ISO 9001 and AS9100. The company held dual certifications with the Standards Institution of Israel since 2013, and then appears to have dropped NQA in 2015. The company is now certified only by SII. The NQA certificates were accredited by UKAS, while the SII certificates are accredited by ANAB.

In addition, the company holds PRI Nadcap accreditation for heat treating, and has had this accreditation since 2006.

This means that for at least seven years, the company was falsifying data under an AS9100 certificate, and did so for at least five years did so under Nadcap. Despite the report by Pratt Whitney, which was later published in the mainstream press, at no time did either NQA nor PRI de-certify the company for having falsified test data.

The certification of companies found to have been falsifying test data or intentionally selling defective product is now under heightened scrutiny, calling into question the role of the IAF and accreditation bodies such as UKAS and ANAB in allowing such companies not only to obtain certifications, but then to retain them even after the scandals are widely reported.

Representatives of IAF, PRI, UKAS, ANAB and NQA have not responded to multiple queries on this subject.