QSG provides full NADCAP certification services including customized training, gap assessments, requirements planning, document development, internal auditing, corrective actions and more. We specialize in difficult cases where companies have failed audits on their own, turning around their performance and achieving 100% certification on their re-accreditation audits.
NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment of ‘special processes’ that brings together technical experts from prime contractors, suppliers and representatives from government to work together and establish requirements for approval of suppliers using a standardized approach. Unlike traditional third-party programs,NADCAP approval is granted based upon industry consensus.
The Performance Review Institute (PRI) administers the NADCAP program. PRI will schedule an audit and assign an approved auditor who will conduct the audit against an industry agreed standard using an industry agreed checklist. At the end of the audit, any non-conformity issues will be raised, and non-conformance reports issued. PRI will administer closeout of the non-conformance reports and upon completion will present the completed audit package to a ‘special process’ task group made up of members from industry that will review it and vote on its acceptability for approval. Accreditation is granted when all non-conformances are closed.
NADCAP Task Groups are composed of personnel (Prime Contractors, Government Representatives, Suppliers) with expertise in the product, process or service for which suppliers are to be accredited (e.g. NDT, Heat Treating). The Task Group has responsibilities for the accreditation program including: deploying the accreditation process, recommendations for auditor hiring and training needs, standard and checklist development, metrics, and continuous improvement.
The NADCAP certification program offers the opportunity for suppliers to gain tighter controls within their special processes and provides the forum for a voice in the establishment of audit requirements, networking, and market recognition.