Magazine article The CPA Journal

AICPA Receives ISO 9000 Certification

Magazine article The CPA Journal

AICPA Receives ISO 9000 Certification

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The AICPA has become the first professional membership association in the U.S. to earn ISO 9001 certification by the International Organization of Standards, a global federation of standards-setting bodies representing 91 countries.

ISO 9000 is a certification system for organizations based on a series of international standards for quality management and assurance. ISO 9001 is the specific certification for organizations that design and service their own products.

Earning ISO 9001 certification is the culmination of a three-year strategic plan to maximize efficiencies and institutionalize them with a goal of continuous improvement, according to Charles M. Peck, AICPA senior vice president of marketing, product, and organizational development, who initiated both an extensive process improvement program and the ISO 9000 certification effort at the institute.

AICPA President Barry Melancon points out that the process improvement program, in conjunction with the ISO 9001 certification process, resulted in a significant improvement in gross margin during the past fiscal year, enabling the institute to better allocate its resources on its members' behalf. Melancon says that the reallocation of resources allowed for the funding of major initiatives without a dues increase for the fourth consecutive year. Such programs included the CPA Vision Project, launching CPA WebTrust and other upcoming assurance services, and expanding the national image advertising campaign. The resource allocation resulting from the AICPA's commitment to quality came primarily from cost savings in publications, editorial, and production as well as general streamlining across the institute. …

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