The ISO registrar and CE Mark Notified Body TUV Rheinland has been fined in French court for its role in an international scandal involving defective breast implants. According to the BBC:

A French court has ordered a German safety body to pay 60m euros (£52m; $64m) in compensation to 20,000 women who received faulty breast implants.

TUV was found liable over a global scandal affecting thousands of women.

In 2010 it emerged that French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had made implants with substandard, industrial-grade silicone. TUV Rheinland was among the bodies that had certified them.

TUV is appealing the decision, claiming it was victimized by the manufacturer and its auditors duped. TUV previously won two cases in Germany. Additional cases in other countries are pending.

Oxebridge is pushing for similar investigations into ISO 9001, AS9100 and TS 16949 registrars in the US and elsewhere for their roles in high-profile scandals such as the Takata airbag failures and the Deepwater Horizon disaster. To date registrars have largely remained outside of any investigations, the result of the obscurity of their services and loose accreditation rules which allow registrars to quickly hide records in these matters when a scandal hits.

The TUV fine comes under the CE Mark product certification scheme, not an ISO management system certification scheme, and as such falls under a slightly different set of rules. However, the schemes are similar and involve many of the same bodies and industry figures.