What is VCAP?
The National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) has mandated that devices with NTEP Certificates of Conformance be subject to a third-party VCAP audit process in order to ensure that device performance is periodically tested to the appropriate environmental requirements identified in NCWM Publication 14, in accordance with the test protocols contained in NIST Handbook 44.
Note: deadline for new product category - Indicating Elements (click for timeline)
Helps you with
- Applies to NTEP Certificate of Conformance holders
- Required for Load Cell Manufacturers (Dec. 09)
- Other device types to follow
- Protects the Integrity of the NTEP Cert of Conformance
- Provides a focused review on device testing performance
- Includes many aspects of quality management systems
- Organizations may leverage existing ISO 9001 processes and procedures
What are the benefits of VCAP certification?
Ensures equity and assurance for on-going NTEP Certification
Provides management system structure for business continuity and growth
Provides accountability for device testing and performance
Drives consistency, competence and control
Creates a competitive advantage for organizations
And the requirements?
Identify Metrologically Significant Components (MSC's)
Sample & test devices, and calibrate test equipment
Control nonconforming devices & issue corrective action
Control production and external sub-contractors
Manage changes and condust internal self-assessments
Document requirements and control documentation
Why choose NQA?
The intent of VCAP is to provide a level of assurance to manufacturers and customers that such devices perform to the original expectations and requirements which were accepted for NTEP Certification.
- NCWM Member Organization - Industry-based VCAP experience
Client-tailored programs designed to fit your needs - ISO 9001 and ESD S20.20 add-on services available
"Interactive Audit" process
Professional, competent, personable auditors
- Locally based auditors - Global operations in over 50 countries
Request a quotation today to find out how NQA can help you achieve your certification goals.
Steps to Certification
Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.
Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.