Oxebridge has published a truncated table listing nearly 90 active or prior investigations conducted by it into various ISO certification bodies (CBs), accreditation bodies (ABs) and the IAF itself.

Each investigation was prompted by a public scandal, disaster, product recall or some other event that should not have occurred under the given ISO certification held by the company at that time. Nevertheless, in 100% of the cases, the resulting CBs and ABs were not sanctioned, and in almost all cases, the companies retained their various ISO certifications despite the scandals.

Of those incidents involving fatalities, a total of over 1700 people died in the events. Again, none of the oversight bodies were investigated nor held to account.

The IAF has taken action on none of the cases, despite widespread reporting and subsequent pressure by Oxebridge.

Oxebridge argues that in most cases, had the companies not been granted their ISO certifications to begin with, they would never have won the contracts under which their work later harmed the public.

The data is a snapshot look at the overwhelming abdication of duties by the IAF and its accreditation body members. The resulting ISO certificates, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, present public-facing language that clearly states the companies were in compliance with the applicable standards, although the events clearly prove otherwise. Supporters of the scheme indicate that — behind the scenes, in private, scripted “closing meetings” with clients —  the various CBs are forced to admit that the certification guarantees nothing, and is based on a “sample” taken during the audits. As a result, they argue, the ISO certifications are not to be seen as being perfect, and auditors cannot find every instance of violations. However, Oxebridge notes that in all the cases, not a single company lost its certification after the events occurred, even in cases where criminal arrests were made, proving that certifications are still granted even when the nonconformities are made public.

Only in cases where a company was forced to be shut down, or filed bankruptcy, were the certificates withdrawn by the CBs involved.

The data does not represent the full set of investigations by Oxebridge, as any entries that are still not sufficiently vetted were not included.

Oxebridge publishes the data in the interest of public education, industry reporting and to establish a public notice for the IAF and their bodies that the data is being gathered and trended.

To read the snapshot data, click here.

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