Change our Registrar? Pros and Cons ?

normzone

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Hello all, I've been away for a while, but have returned for your valuable counsel.

[rant on] My organization has had some difficulties in the last few years with our registrar's administrative capability, which has raised the question of why do we keep them?

Cases in point (names changed to protect the innocent):

1) Audit and corrective actions completed, certificate delivery pledged, a year later certificate never delivered until I came onboard to consult and set the Q manager to hounding the registrar.

2) Audit and corrective actions completed, then a "technical review" of the previous year's audit identified additional paper shuffling required - certificate delivered at the very last moment before previous certificate expiration.

3) At audit conclusion we are required to commit to a specific auditor and schedule for our next audit - we do so, and everybody arranges summer vacations, family reunions et al around this date. Then six weeks before the scheduled audit the registrar informs us that it's not convenient for them, and offers a different auditor and a pulled in schedule.

This is all with a well known player in the registrar field, who should be capable of managing their business effectively.

As a customer paying a supplier we are dismayed. But I fear changing suppliers could just lead to the same problems with a different logo. [rant off]
 
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Sidney Vianna

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As a customer paying a supplier we are dismayed. But I fear changing suppliers could just lead to the same problems with a different logo. [rant off]
That’s another byproduct of the commoditization phenomenon plaguing the system certification business: service delivery suffers.

I may have missed, but are you certified in a “specialty scheme” such as AS91X0, IATF, RC 14000, etc? In those schemes there is auditor shortage and one departure throws any CB schedule off.
 

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Nobody likes to antagonize a CB, responsible for issuing their “ticket to trade” a.k.a certificate. ANAB mentions their interest in receiving feedback from registrants about CB performance. To do what? Very unlikely ANAB would really want to find itself in the middle of a dispute between a registrant and a registrar outside of a real complaint.

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John Broomfield

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Why not ask your best existing and upcoming customers which accredited registrar they know and respect?

You are making a marketing decision after all.
 
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