Basque Researcher: Chinese ISO 9001 Certificates Not To Be Trusted

Dr. Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria, a researcher with the Universidad del País Vasco in the Basque Country, has completed a study on the validity of ISO 9001 certificates worldwide, and has determined that the bulk of certificates coming from China are not to be trusted....

Certificate Mill Operator May Be Violating US Campaign Law

Daryl Guberman, the co-owner of the self-accredited ISO 9001 “certificate mill” G-PMC Registrars LLC, may be in violation of US federal election campaign laws, as he has claimed to be running for US Senate since at least 2016, and yet has not registered...

Company Held ISO 9001 Before and After Oil Rig Explosion

In 2013, a blowout preventer (BOP) exploded on an oil rig operated by Hercules Offshore, in an accident that shared some similarities with the BOP explosion that caused the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In the case of Hercules Offshore, the rig was pumping natural...

ASQ Sells Ownership Share of Accreditation Body ANAB

The US accreditation body ANAB has announced that ANSI has taken over sole ownership, as former co-owner ASQ has sold its ownership stake. ASQ has co-owned ANAB since 2005, when the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) was split into the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation...

Forensic Data Manipulation Scandal Ensares UKAS

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is at the heart of a scandal whereby two UK forensics labs were found to have manipulated test data, affecting tens of thousands of victims. The scandal has seen the arrest of employees of two...

ISO, World Bank Agreement Forces Standards on At-Risk Nations

In 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Bank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which enables the international financial group to push ISO products on at-risk, developing nations as a part of loan repayment...

ISO 19011: 2018 Published

ISO has released ISO 19011:2018 – Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems, the latest version of the standard designed to provide minimum requirements for first-, second- and third-party audits. The new standard can be purchased directly from ISO (here) for...

Oxebridge Site Restored – Outage Being Investigated

The Oxebridge website appears to have been down from approximately 3 AM EST to 5:30 PM EST for an unknown reason. During the outage, access to server logs was not available to Oxebridge, and those logs are only now being reviewed to ascertain the cause. The outage...

ASQ Did Not Report 2010 Fundraising on Official Tax Filings

Oxebridge has obtained the official tax filings for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) for the years 2010 through 2012, and finds that the group did not report any income derived from a fundraising campaign conducted by the group in 2010. In October 2010, ASQ...

ASQ Board Demands Local Sections Surrender Funds to HQ Control

BREAKING: this story will be updated as more information comes in. A mandate from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) executive directs all ASQ Sections to transfer “excess account funds” to a single account under the control of the Milwaukee HQ. The...

SAI Global Has All Accreditations Restored, Including AS9100

Per the IAQG OASIS database and the ANAB website, registrar SAI Global has had its AS9100 accreditation restored. The certification body faced a months-long suspension of its accreditation due to a variety of issues, including lack of sufficient auditors with which to...