I am a little Confused and i hope somebody else has come across the same issue.
We had our BSI audit yesterday, and altough it was only to ISO9001 we are on the TS16949 route, with a planned audit date april next year.
One thing that was pointed out on this audit, although no raised as an NCR, was:
Unless otherwise specified by the customer, suppliers to the orgnaisation shall be third party registered to ISO900:2000 By AN ACCREDITED THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION BODY
We are a spring manufatcures, and one of our material suppliers had supplied us with a certificate isued by a company called QMS international. My auditor told me that they were not accredited by UKAS or an equivelant body. Therfore we would not be able to use them for any automotive work, unless our customer gave specific approval. This is one of our top suppliers, and used for a large amount of material.
I have spoken to the supplier and they tell me that QMS are okay to use, and are approved by the INERNATIONAL ACCREDITAION COUNCIL to ISO/IEC 17011:2004... And they gave me a copy of this cert.
I am still finding it hard to understand... Are these Guys ok or not. I meam basically im being told that its like anyone being able to set up a company, go audit to iso and say Yup you meet the requirements, and hey heres a certificate from me to say so...
Im really confused, and i hope i have not confused you all to... But maybe someone can enlighted me ???