Smithers Quality Assessments Expands Certification Services with Addition of Mining and Quarrying Industries

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), a Smithers Group company specializing in quality, safety, and environmental management systems certifications, announced today that it has been accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to perform audits and grant certifications of management systems for the mining and quarrying industry, International Accreditation Forum (IAF) 02.


"Smithers Quality Assessments is continually looking to add to our breadth of services to not only accommodate the needs of our clients, but as well as our community," said Jeanette Preston, president of Smithers Quality Assessments. "With the potential growth of extraction and processing of natural gas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York due to the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations, we made the strategic decision so we could address these needs from prospective clients." SQA was able to move forward with this decision and achieve accreditation to audit to IAF 02 after completing an initial audit for a company in the mining and quarrying industry. 

Earlier this year, Smithers Quality Assessments was approached by National Exploration, Wells & Pumps (EWP), an exploratory drilling company, about certifying their quality management systems to the ISO 9001:2008. The audit was completed in September of this year and certification was issued to National EWP in mid-October, making this company one of the first exploratory drillers in the United States to obtain their ISO 9001:2008 certification.

With SQA's newly expanded scope of services, mining and quarrying (IAF 02) companies can now work with Smithers Quality Assessments when seeking certification to the following ISO standards:

ISO 9001:2008
ISO 14001:2004
OHSAS 18001:2007

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About Smithers Quality Assessments

Smithers Quality Assessments is an Akron, OH-based accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body, founded in 1993, serving small and large industrial, commercial, government and services businesses in North America and Europe. Please visit

About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pira, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, and Smithers Quality Assessments. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients' products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit

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