I am not so sure about your comments about RAB, RvA etc. auditing the Registarars. What kind of audit are the registrars subject to? How do they insure they are complying with the standard if they are not auditing them to it? They must have some standard they go by. Has anyone ever seen a registrars corrective and preventive action system? Read their Quality Manual? And if they are audited by some other means, so what? There are plenty of industries that are subject to various audits for compliance issues and they take the initiative to ALSO be ISO 9001 registered.
To my knowledge, there are NO registrars that are registered to ISO 9001. Why not? After all, we are supposed to be using the standard for continuous improvement of our goods and services, right?
I have worked in a facility that the criteria stated to be an approved vendor required a registration to ISO 9001, or an audit performed by me (the Quality Manager). Every audit by the registrar looked at the approved vendor list with their name on it and they never said a word.
Sounds pretty much like the fox gaurding the henhouse to me.
Oh well, just some food for thought.
In the meantime I am in the market for a registrar for my new Company. Think I will be able to find one that is registered?