The mission of the ACC Quality Management Systems (QMS) Group is to create a value-added system that compliments existing quality management standards, audits, and certifications while offering the opportunity to replace duplicative or unnecessary quality management processes. The goal of this process is to achieve better quality throughout the entire supply chain by focusing resources on critical quality processes.
Working cooperatively with the auto industry, the QMS Group has evaluated existing standards and certifications in order to tailor the QMS processes to the chemical industry, focusing on the bulk material approval process (BMAP) and the industry’s best practices. Perceived benefits of this effort include increased value chain stakeholder satisfaction initially throughout the auto supply industry while reducing the cost and complexity associated with multiple requirements and redundant audits.
The initial documents tailored to the auto industry are nearly complete. The QMS Group intends to work closely with automotive associations to implement the BMAP program. After focusing on the automotive sector, the project is intended for application to other manufacturing sectors. Implementation roll out will focus on the value chain within the targeted industries and integrating the quality management concepts with ACC’s Responsible Care program.
Members of the ACC Quality Management Systems Group include BASF, Dow, DuPont, Infineum USA L.P., The Lubrizol Corporation and PolyOne Corporation.