Manufacturers often sub-contract out parts of the fabrication process (such as welding, inspection, NDT, heat treatment, and so on), whilst retaining ultimate responsibility for the quality of the product delivered.
To be certified to AS/NZS ISO 3834, fabricators must have procedures in place for the evaluation, control, transmission and recording of documentation and information pertaining to sub-contractor processes. This ensures that all specifications and quality standards are met in the same way as if the process had been handled in-house.
This documentation may include:
- A list of all sub-contractors, which outlines each of their individual capabilities
- Detailed reports on the results of audits and inspections of all sub-contractors undertaken by the fabricator
- A detailed plan for ongoing audits of all sub-contractors
- Evidence of independent, third party certification of all sub-contractors
Are You Ready for AS/NZS ISO 3834 Certification?
To determine if your company is ready for certification, ask yourself:
- Do your subcontractors (who are carrying out welding, heat treatment, NDE or inspection) comply with the relevant aspects of ISO 3834? Note that this does not mean your subcontractors must have an ISO 3834 system, only that they must comply with those activities that affect their activities (such as traceability, documented system in place, and qualified operators).
- Do you have evidence that your subcontractors have been evaluated (such as a questionnaire, a checklist, auditing or a site visit)?
How to Get Certified to AS/NZS ISO 3834
Ready to have your organisation certified to AS/NZS ISO 3834? You can: