IGMA Seeks Expanded Accreditation for the IGMAC Certification ProgramJuly 10th, 2018 by Editor
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has selected the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the third party Accreditation Body (AB) that will issue accreditation for the IGMAC certification program.
ANSI will perform annual assessments of the IGMAC certification process to ensure it meets stringent international requirements (ISO 17065:2012).
In addition to ANSI’s assessments, Administrative Management Systems (AMS) will operate as the Certification Body (CB) for the IGMAC program. Using AMS as the CB for the IGMAC program will add another layer of assurance to the program and will help ensure conformance to accreditation requirements, according to IGMA. AMS is an ANSI-accredited certification body that manages multiple product certification programs, including the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) Certification Program.
Accreditation is expected to be granted in the fourth quarter of this year.
What Does This Mean for IGMAC Manufacturer Participants?
Manufacturer participants in the IGMAC program will notice little change to the certification process. IGMA will remain the program administrator and will still coordinate certification activities and conduct product reviews. One change that will be noticed once accreditation is gained, is that the IGMAC certificates will bear the AMS and ANSI logos – an indication of the value-added oversight from both organizations.
The requirements placed on participant manufacturers’ product will remain unchanged as a result of this accreditation. Product testing will still be conducted by participant-selected IGMAC-approved testing laboratories to the same IGMAC-recognized test methods and standards. Certified product will still be inspected by IGMAC-approved inspection agencies as well.
To realize the benefits of this new arrangement, manufacturer participants will need to re-execute an updated license agreement with IGMA and AMS. The changes to the license agreement will serve to strengthen and improve the language used over the previous version. It is anticipated that the new agreement will be sent out to manufacturer participants in the third quarter of this year.