The US Dept. of Defense Inspector General’s (IG) office found 61 nonconformities to AS9100 at two Pratt Whitney plants in 2015, according to a report published by that department. Pratt Whitney was, and continues to be, certified to AS9100 by ANAB accredited registrar SAI Global, formerly QMI.
The IG audit in 2015 was centered around aerospace manufacturer Pratt Whitney’s F-35 Lightning II engine plants in Florida and Connecticut. That audit found 61 nonconformities against AS9100 revision C, of which 41 were classified as “majors.” The audit was conducted using the definitions of “major” and “minor” nonconformities provided by AS9101.
Despite this, Pratt Whitney remained AS9100 certified by SAI Global, under a multi-site certificate issued under document number CERT-0090740, and signed by SAI General Manager Nicole Grantham. Ironically, Ms. Grantham is listed as SAI Global’s “Chief Risk Officer.”
Per AS9101 rules, a certificate cannot be issued if there is single open major nonconformity, and yet SAI re-issued the certificate apparently with knowledge of the Dept. of Defense’s findings. Ms. Grantham has been contacted for an explanation.
A few weeks ago, the IG’s office issued a separate audit report which found dozens of major nonconformities at three facilities certified by three other ANAB accredited registrars: NSF-ISR, NQA USA, and Bureau Veritas. Those registrars also issued AS9100 certs despite the major nonconformities having been identified by the Department of Defense.
Oxebridge is working with the IG’s office to push for an investigation into ANAB, IAQG and the IAF accreditation scheme to fully understand how this happened, the risks to military and astronaut personnel as a result, and the impact on US taxpayers.
Oxebridge is calling for a 10-year moratorium on the flowdown of ISO 9001 or AS9100 certification as a requirement to bid on government or defense contracts, until such time that ANSI and ASQ can ensure the validity of ANAB accredited certificates. ANAB is co-owned by both ANSI and ASQ. Oxebridge is invoking protections under multiple US Whistleblower Protection laws to prevent recrimination from personnel at the various organizations. To date, representatives from all four organizations — ANAB, IAQG, ASQ and ANSI — have been involved in some form of harassment, defamation or intimidation of Oxebridge.
ASQ has so far refused to take action against multiple members and administrators of its organization who have engaged in defamation and “doxing” of Oxebridge’s founder, Christopher Paris.
ANSI has refused to investigate complaints made to its office, demanding a processing fee be paid before any complaint can be considered, even those alleging violations of US Federal law. Oxebridge warned ANSI that it cannot refuse to investigate crimes by demanding those reporting the crimes pay a fee first, but ANSI ignored the demand.
So far, ANAB has not commented on the scandals.