Following a recent Accreditation Body audit it has been brought to the attention of World Certification Services Ltd (WCS) that we have been misinterpreting the Accreditation Body requirements for the permissible exclusion of clause 7.5.2 Validation of Processes For Production and Service Provision in the ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 Revision C standards.

Clause 7.5.2 Validation of Processes For Production and Service Provision relates to processes where the resulting output cannot be verified by subsequent monitoring and measurement.

Examples of these processes include Welding, Plating, Heat Treatment, Chemical Processing,  Coating, etc.

In previous years, WCS has accepted that if a client does not directly undertake these special processes BUT is still responsible for the resulting output (i.e. outsourcing or subcontract) then WCS have allowed them to exclude 7.5.2 from the Quality System. It should be noted that WCS have always expected our clients to control this using ISO 9001:2008 / AS 9100 Rev C clause 4.1 (Note 2, 3a, b, c) together with clause 7.4.

It has now been brought to our attention by an Accreditation Body that this is not acceptable and as such all future audits completed by WCS will be addressing this issue.

To All registered WCS Clients please be aware that if the situation above is relevant to your business then WCS will no longer be accepting 7.5.2 as a permissible exclusion. WCS will expect you to be addressing the clause at your next scheduled audit.

All WCS Auditors have been issued with an auditor update to reflect this policy change.

I understand that the above may well be confusing so if you require any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact me or your local WCS office.

Grant Slocombe