Global Certification Accreditation Organization, ANSI, Honors the Institute for Supply Management™ with Certification

FOR RELEASE: September 9, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  480/752-6276, Ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) - The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) received certification accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) after being selected to participate in its pilot certification accreditation program.

ISM was granted certification accreditation in the area of supply management for its Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) designations. ANSI certification helps to identify qualified organizations to consumers and employers, provides mechanisms for systematically monitoring the performance of certified persons, and encourages individuals to participate in continuing professional development.

"There are numerous advantages to being ANSI certified," explains Christina Foster, SPHR, ISM's vice president of certification and diversity. "A primary advantage of accreditation is that our members, and those looking to achieve professional certification in the area of supply management, can be assured that our program meets and exceeds the international standards of certification. The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) designations have always been recognized as the leading designations in the supply management field, and an ANSI certification aids in confirming this recognition."

As an impartial assessor, ANSI accreditation protects the integrity of a certification process, enhances consumer and public confidence in a certification program and the personnel who complete it, and facilitates the mobility of certified personnel across borders. ANSI's accreditation process includes the submission of documentation of the requirements identified in ISO/IEC 17024, an on-site audit, and the correction of any nonconformities. ANSI, a non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, initiated a pilot program for organizations who demonstrate diversity among personnel certifiers.

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management organization in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit institute that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

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