The primary source for the requirements outlining PCI’s Plant Certification Program is PCI Policy 20. The applicable standards and procedures for the Program that support the requirements of Policy 20 have been developed in accordance with ISO 10005, Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Quality Plans; ISO/IEC 17021-1, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Requirements; and ISO/IEC 17021-3, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems. PCI certified plants have also demonstrated compliance with ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems – Requirements. The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) as a management system certification body. Accreditation provides a formal, independent verification that PCI’s program meets the established quality standards and PCI is competent to carry out these certification activities.
PCI 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 an Auditing Organization that is also accredited by IAS. Plants are evaluated on their quality system, documentation, production procedures, management, engineering, personnel, equipment, and final product. PCI Plant Certification ensures a project specifier and owner of approved uniform production methods and an acceptable in-house quality assurance program.
The Standards (requirements) used for evaluation of a plant are published in PCI’s Quality Manuals:
- MNL-116, Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products
- MNL-117, Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete Products
- MNL-130, Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Products
- MNL-135, Tolerance Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Construction
- The specific provisions of the Client’s Quality System Manual.
Plant Certification Program Procedures
The following procedures outline initial and continuing certification activities, which include application processing, the initial audit and additional surveillance audit(s). These procedures also summarize the requirements for granting, maintaining, reducing, suspending, and withdrawing certification, as well as certification renewal. These policies and procedures are described more fully in PCI Policy 20.