IAS Honors MBMA for Contribution to Accreditation Program
The International Accreditation Service (IAS), an ICC subsidiary, recognized the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) at the 2009 ICC Annual Conference in Baltimore for its contribution to the development of the IAS accreditation program for the inspection of manufacturers of metal building systems.
This new, comprehensive accreditation program is based on the requirements of Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC) and provides code officials with a means to approve the inspection programs of manufacturers of metal building systems under IBC Section 1704.2.2 Fabricator Approval.
The program was initiated when the MBMA approached IAS in October 2007 on behalf of the metal building industry to consider developing criteria that would serve its members while fulfilling the needs of code officials and other regulatory agencies.
The IAS program requires accredited fabricators to implement a comprehensive quality management system covering all phases of its fabrication processes. The IAS Accreditation Criteria (AC472) addresses quality management system elements, technical requirements and includes periodic auditing of fabrication processes which are essential for code officials to deem IAS-accredited metal building manufacturers as approved fabricators. Several code officials served on the committee that approved AC472 on which the program is based. For more information about the accreditation program, click here.