Quality Program for Suppliers (QPS)
The QPS Standard and its Certification program have been developed to be a supplement to technical standards that do not have a dedicated section that addresses quality and their requirements. Applying QPS to these standards will enhance quality of items supplied to general industry.
The QPS program is for any general industry organization regardless of type of product they are producing or the size of the company. Typical companies that would benefit from QPS would be, but are not limited to:
- raw material manufacturers - Ingots, slabs, additive materials
- material manufacturers - forgings, piping, fittings, castings, bolts and nuts, plates, filler metal (materials for welding)
- manufacturers with or without design responsibility - Valve Manufacturers, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Additive Manufacturing, Green Industries
- Service providers - NDE, Auditing, Heat Treating, Welding (Cladding), Machining, Coating
QPS is different from the typical ASME certification program. After the application has been submitted and accepted, the company undergoes a two-stage survey/review process. Survey Stage I: Document Review, determines an organization’s readiness for the Survey Stage II: Implementation Review. The Survey Stage I: Document Review is typically carried out over 1 or 2 days, depending ont he size of the organization (onsite or videoconference) and is primarily documentation based. The organization's QMS Manual and related procedures are reviewed to ensure they are in line with the QPS standard quality elements.
Survey Stage II: Implementation Review determines the degree of compliance with the governing Standard/Document as established through the organization’s QPS program.
The QPS Certificate of Conformance accompanies the supplier’s finished product and identifies the approved scope, the certificate number, and the name and signature of the Quality Manager.
After granting certification, the company will be identified on the ASME website under ASME Certificate Holder Search.
With QPS, there is an annual audit required to maintain the program, however, there is no expiration date on QPS certification, the program continues if the company likes as long as they continue to have a favorable audit.
Pricing for QPS Certification is pre-set and based on a predetermined Class Level of the organization. Levels are determined by the number of employees and number of locations. Companies applying for QPS Certification pay one flat fee that includes, documentation, administration, Survey Stage I: Document Review, Stage II: Implementation Review, all travel, and certification fees. At the start of the second year, the company only pays a maintenance that is less than 1/3 of the initial fee.