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New IAS Accreditation Program
May 28, 2008

The International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS) Accreditation Committee approved a new accreditation criteria for Inspection Programs for Manufacturers of Metal Building Systems, AC472. The criteria is strongly endorsed by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA). This comprehensive accreditation program for the inspection of metal buildings is based on the requirements of Chapter 17 of the International Building CodeĀ® (IBC) and provides code officials with a means to approve the inspection programs of manufacturers involved in the fabrication of metal building systems.

Wide spread support for the IAS program has been building since October 2007, when the MBMA approached IAS on behalf of the metal building industry to consider developing a criteria that would serve MBMA members while fulfilling the needs of code officials and other regulatory agencies.

AC472 addresses quality management system elements such as personnel requirements, product traceability, process control and various administrative and technical requirements that are essential for code officials to deem IAS-accredited entities as approved fabricators.

Applications for AC472 accreditation are now being accepted.

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