IMA Dresden achieves Nadcap Merit Status for testing metallic materials


After a 12 month period, it was time to do it again. In June 2019, the NADCAP re-accreditation (Metallic Materials Testing) once again took place for the IMA laboratories for materials testing and materialography. All NADCAP accredited procedures were thoroughly audited during the one-week audit. The repeated, very positive audit result once again demonstrated and verified the competence, attitude and awareness of our staff to be able to provide testing services of the highest quality. This therefore enabled us to achieve the so-called MERIT status for the very first time. This recently acquired status also leads to an extension of the audit cycle from 12 to 24 months based on the results of past audits.

NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Programme) is a worldwide leading collaborative programme/combination of important companies which thereby aims to improve quality while reducing costs to ensure quality assurance throughout the aerospace industry. This programme, which is implemented by the Performance Review Institute (PRI), was established by SAE International in 1990 to guarantee that products for the aerospace industry are tested in exactly the same, strictly controlled and high quality conditions. This therefore enables PRI, as an independent institute, to certify all relevant processes in the aerospace industry for NADCAP. NADCAP, in addition, also brings together industry and government experts in order to continuously agree accreditation requirements, certify suppliers and define operational programme requirements. This thereby results in a standardised quality assurance approach throughout the entire aerospace industry.

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