Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) was established in 1989 by the
American Society for Quality (ASQ). Its original mission was to
provide accreditation services for ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems
(QMS) registrars. The new organization was structured as an independent
legal entity. RAB is governed and operated independently from ASQ.
When RAB was first created, it immediately sought to strengthen
the U.S. system for registrar accreditation by pursuing a formal
relationship with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
In 1991, ANSI and RAB joined forces to establish the American National
Accreditation Program for Registrars of Quality Systems.
The next year RAB introduced QMS course provider accreditation and
auditor certification programs that were separate from the joint
program with ANSI. Then in 1996, with the release of new ISO 1400
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) standards, the ANSI-RAB National
Accreditation Program (NAP) was formed replacing the original joint
RAB, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, is a not-for-profit organization
that is financially self-supported. Members of the board of directors
represent both quality and environmental stakeholders and include
technical experts, business executives, industry representatives,
and employees of registrar organizations.
RAB policy is established by the RAB board of directors and, for
those programs operated by ANSI, by ANSI, by a Joint Oversight Board
populated equally by representatives of each organization. RAB exists
to serve the conformity assessment needs of business and industry,
registrars, course providers and individual auditors.
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