Switch to ANAB Marks by YE2005

Beginning this year, a single new ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) mark replaced the ANSI-RAB NAP mark on accredited certificates, marketing material, stationery, etc. The transition to the ANAB accreditation mark must be completed by the end of this year. This requirement is described in ANAB “Heads Up” – 41:

1. If new material to replace existing material bearing an ANSI-RAB NAP accreditation mark is produced for use on or after January 1, 2005, the new material shall include the ANAB mark instead of the ANSI-RAB NAP mark.

2. Any existing material bearing an ANSI-RAB NAP accreditation mark shall not be used after December 31, 2005, that is, after a one-year transition period.

3. A registered organization may use the ANAB accreditation mark only in conjunction with the EMS or QMS accredited CB’s mark on the organization’s stationery and literature, and in its advertising, subject to the conditions in this advisory and to the CB’s conditions for use of its mark.

4. The ANAB accreditation mark shall be reproduced:
a. in black or in blue (PMS 2935 or equivalent)
b. in a size which makes all features of the mark clearly distinguishable.
c. without distortion of its dimensions.

5. When using the ANAB accreditation mark, its size must not exceed the size of the CB’s mark.

6. An organization may not place the ANAB accreditation mark in isolation from the CB’s mark.

7. An ANAB accreditation mark shall not be used by an ANAB-accredited CB on any document unless the document relates in whole or in part to registration activities of the CB, which are accredited under the ANAB. This would not preclude an ANAB accredited CB from including the accreditation mark on its preprinted letterhead paper.

8. ANAB’s accreditation mark shall not be used on a product or in such a way as to suggest that the CB and/or ANAB have certified or approved any product, process, or service of a registered organization, or in any other misleading manner. If larger boxes, etc., used for transportation includes the mark(s), a statement must be included. This could be a clear statement that “(This product) was manufactured in a plant whose quality/environmental management systems are certified/registered as being in conformity with ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO 14001 (specific standards)”.

To see other Heads Up and Advisories, go to: <http://www.anab.org>.