If a sub-supplier is certified to Nadcap but not ISO or TS, how does that affect our relationship and what would need to be done to keep them as a sub-supplier? The sub-supplier has never been ISO or TS certified but a waiver was obtained from the customer to use them in the past.
Good question! There are various accreditation schemes / systems out there, and the relationships need to be explored individually, as each case applies to the overall situation.
As you are aware, “Nadcap” is the National Aerospace & Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, administered by the Performance Review Institute to provide accreditation of various special processes conducted as a service to industry. The AIAG has its own program in the CQI series. As a result, automakers tend to favor that system. Certainly, equivalencies do exist, and a waiver is the appropriate manner of submitting the data required to establish that equivalency.
At this point, I am unaware of any equivalency matrix, or of any cooperation between the two organizations. There are many businesses with which we work that deal in more than one customer orientation – Automotive / Defence / Aerospace, etc. It would be beneficial if an authorized equivalency matrix were to be developed – sadly, none exists, so the waiver is the best course of action for now.
Hope this helps.
- Ted Uffen, BRC Quality Consultant