Technical Updates

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
ASI suspends BM Trada

Assurance Services International (ASI) has suspended Warringtonfire Testing and Certification Limited, trading as BM TRADA for FSC Accreditation for Chain of Custody (COC) worldwide (excluding China) scope on 10 February 2020. The suspension decision was subject to an appeal by the certification body and therefore, the publication was put on hold until the conclusion of the appeal process, for which the result confirmed the validity of the suspension.

The suspension is due to ASI-PRO-20-101-v4.3, clause 13.1.3. The relevant nonconformity was raised during an FSC COC Witness Assessment conducted in 2019. The finding relates to undetected non-conformities by the certification body at the level of one of their Certificate Holders.

ASI has concluded that the CAB has not sufficiently addressed a Corrective Action request.

During the suspension period of maximum six months, which started on 10th February, the CAB may not enter into new agreements for certification or perform initial certification services. However, the certification body shall continue to conduct surveillance audits for existing clients during the period of suspension.

Read more about the impact of suspension on CABs and Certificate Holders here.

This update is reproduced from the Assurance Services International website.

NOTE: This suspension was extended until 10th October 2020 but was subsequently lifted on 14 September 2020. Click here to read more.

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