The PCI Plant Certification Program is also known as the PCI Precast Concrete Manufacturing Plant Quality Management System Certification Program. The applicable standards and procedures for the Program have been developed in accordance with ISO 10005, Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Quality Plans and ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Management Systems.
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as an Accredited Standards Developer. The nature and scope of PCI’s standards development activities are to develop and maintain voluntary consensus standards for the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation and erection of precast and precast, prestressed concrete products.
The PCI Plant Certification Program evaluates plants of precast and/or prestressed concrete manufacturing companies against published standards. Unannounced audits are conducted by Auditing Organizations (AO’s) accredited by PCI. Plants are evaluated on their quality system, documentation, production procedures, management, engineering, personnel and equipment. PCI Plant Certification ensures a project specifier and owner of approved uniform production methods and an acceptable in-house quality assurance program. Certification confirms the plant’s capability to produce quality products. A plant that meets the requirements set forth in the PCI Plant Certification Program shall be deemed a PCI Certified Plant.
The Standards (requirements) used for evaluation of a plant are published in PCI’s Quality Manuals:
* These procedures are for the conditions of initial and continuing certification activities which include application processing, the initial audit and any additional surveillance audit(s); and these procedures list the requirements for granting, maintaining, reducing, suspending, withdraw of certification and recertification. These policies and procedures are also available in Policy 20.
Please be aware of the following descriptions of auditor’s tasks and requirements to fulfill complete compliance of Plant Quality Audits: