Certification or Compliance? These two words get tossed around a lot – and often used interchangeably – in our industry. Despite the apparent similarities, there's a big difference in these two terms. It’s important to understand this as you try to help your organization comply.
Export Certification doesn’t exist:
- Unlike some quality systems (e.g., ISO, AS9100, etc.), there is no set of certification criteria for U.S. export regulations.
- Furthermore, there are no independent certification bodies for import/export regulations. (And if you happen to find one, just recognize that the “certification” they may provide isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on!)
- Because of these facts, obtaining an “export certification” is not something a company or organization can do.
Compliance is the key:
- Instead of looking for a meaningless certification, organizations should seek to be compliant with U.S. import/export regulations.
- The only “standard(s)” to comply with are the regulations themselves!
- Export compliance means your company understands U.S. export regulations and has a documented process to follow
Let us help you define what compliance means for your organization. Schedule a no-charge consultation today.