In Reply to Parent Post by Joy
What is voluntary suspension?
It is a self-initiated suspension, i.e., the CB requests the AB to put them on suspension, BEFORE the AB does that.
BVC did the same thing last year for 6 months!
As to WHY would a CB request their accreditation to be suspended, I can only think for a single reason: They failed to comply with the accreditation requirements so badly that they are HUGELY afraid of what an AB auditor might find, during an audit. By suspending the accreditation, the AB auditor can not audit that program, since, TECHNICALLY, the CB is not fully accredited. In other words, a loophole to avoid MAJOR NC's by the AB's.
The funny thing is that the CB is required to maintain it's current clients audits, but it can not issue new certificates WITHOUT the AB approving it.
I heard a rumor that Intertek was telling their clients that they had suspended their AS accreditation because they were having a hard time manning the AS audits...and with the suspension they were avoiding signing new clients....I don't buy that reason.