BURLINGTON, Mass., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IMS International, a leading UKAS accredited certification body, has announced the signing of a business representation agreement with American Certification Corporation (ACC), reflecting its continued commitment to the USA.
Under the new agreement, ACC will transfer its clients and auditors to IMS certification and audit processes. This enables the company to expand its service offering to include all certification capabilities of IMS International, its auditors will enhance their technical competence qualifications in order to conduct more audits, and it allows certification audits to ISO 9001:2015 to take place immediately.
"We are delighted to have entered into a strategic partnership with ACC," said Graham O'Geran, business development director at IMS. "We have been working with organisations across America on their international certification requirements for a number of years, however we see this Agreement as an important step to drive growth in key markets and focus our resources in the US."
IMS demonstrated the highest level of quality and service to become one of the first certification bodies to achieve UKAS accreditation to certify businesses to ISO 9001:2015. The revised standard was released in September 2015 and a three-year transition period began for certification bodies to transfer their clients from ISO 9001: 2008 to the 2015 version of the standard.
"There has been an increasing demand from organisations in the US for ISO 9001:2015, continued O'Geran. "A diverse range of business sectors are affected by the new standard, and time is running out, so we are proud to be be able to offer this standard to ACC clients immediately."
Established in 1992, ACC has always had strong European connections and specialises in working with small to medium sized businesses.
Gil Andrade, VP Certifications at ACC said: "Following notification from our accreditation body that our accreditation would soon terminate, we sought a partner with equal or better recognition with the ability to efficiently transfer our clients' certification and also allow us to remain their business representative in the US. IMS not only surpassed all of those requirements, but we now have the capacity to grow and expand with more certification offerings. We at ACC find this relationship with IMS an excellent fit of common values and cultures."
IMS International operates worldwide providing certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100 and AS 9120, ISO 27001 and OHSAS 18001. It also provides certification to GOST R certification, CE Mark and CCC Mark for businesses trading in Russia, the EU and China respectively.
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