Original Date: 02/03/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Performance Review Institute
The Performance Review Institute (PRI) was formed as an The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) affiliated, but independent organization, in May 1990. PRI’s overall mission is to lead the U.S. mobility industry by effectively using accreditation and certification programs based on industry consensus standards that improve total product quality, reduce total cost, and enhance global competitiveness. As an affiliate of SAE, PRI’s specific focus is to advance the interests of the automotive industries and to administer quality assurance accreditation and certification programs.
PRI accomplishes its goals through two core programs: NADCAP and the ISO Registrar. The intent of the ISO Registrar is to serve the mobility industry as a recognized world-class, third-party certification function which contributes to global success. The ISO Registrar achieves its goals by offering high-quality, cost-effective, and timely services (e.g., ISO-9000, QS-9000, AS-9000, Fastener Quality Act) and enhancing respect for and competency of the registration process through selection and employment of qualified auditors with mobility industry expertise and volunteers with technical expertise in the decision-making process.
Figure 2-4 shows the overall organizational structure of PRI. PRI’s processes involve the scheduling, conducting, and reviewing of audits and the issuing of certifications and related activities. Process customers are those organizations undergoing the audits. PRI’s product is the certification information itself. Product customers include the original equipment manufacturers, prime contractors, suppliers, and government agencies.
Figure 2-4. PRI Organization
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