IAAC – Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation
The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC) is investigating Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) which is promoting itself as a regional association of accreditation bodies and other organizations interested in conformity assessment in the Americas. Concerns of IAAC’s certification practices have been brought to the attention of our board involving IAAC’s approval and certification of The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
According to an announcement on the ANAB website, IAAC has approved ANAB as a member of the IAAC multilateral recognition arrangements (MLAs) for accreditation of food safety management systems certification bodies and information security management systems certification bodies. However, there appears to be a major conflict of interest. Records show the leadership of both organizations is owned and/or managed by the same individual known as Randy Dougherty. Public records show Mr. Dougherty is Vice President of ANAB as well as the Chairman of IAAC. Therefore, there is a definite conflict of interest and lack of impartiality with IAAC “approving” ANAB for critical matters such as food safety and information security management systems.
The ANAB website displays a controversial photograph of ANAB’s Randy Dougherty holding ANAB’s IAAC MLA certificates for food safety management systems and information security management systems, presented by IAAC Chair Ileana Martinez and Alexander Pineda, Chair of IAAC’s MLA Committee. ABAC is questioning how two individuals serving under Mr. Dougherty, the Chairman of IAAC, and most likely the primary benefactor, can present Dougherty’s own accreditation body (ANAB) with a certification for food safety and information security management systems that lacks obvious impartiality. In both cases, the main scope of IAAC’s “certification” of ANAB is indicated to be for ISO/IEC 17021. Sub-scopes for food safety are ISO/TS 22003 and ISO 22000 and sub-scopes for information security are ISO/IEC 27006 and ISO/IEC 27001.
Moreover, as required by the American Board of Accredited Certifications, ANAB does not appear to be accredited for FSM 22000 Food Safety, the country’s most robust food safety standard designed to help food establishments maintain and improve their food safety management system. FSM 22000 provides full-service inspections from professionally trained food safety auditors certified by the New York City Department of Health & Hygiene.
ABAC is investigating the possibility of IAAC and ANAB colluding in an accreditation scheme to appear there is impartiality that does not exist. More specifically, ABAC is questioning how Randy Dougherty, as the Chairman of IAAC can “certify” ANAB, an organization he founded and serves as Vice President. The collusion may also involve the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), which Mr. Dougherty is also listed as the Chairman. Further impartiality issues have risen due to a recent ANAB announcement that it expects in 2017 to undergo an on-site evaluation by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) which it claims to be a precursor to attaining “similar recognition” for food safety and information security management systems under. Once again, with Mr. Dougherty involved in the leadership of all three organizations, the impartiality is highly questionable.
NOTE: Further updates will be added to this page indicating the latest information, including the progress of this investigation involving Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Quality consultants, registrars, accreditation bodies and organizations with information to share about this investigation are welcome to contact us. Please be aware information provided may be forwarded to the Attorney General in Wisconsin.