Implementing quality management systems in accordance with AQAP/PECAL standards in various organisations ensures that contracting bodies can trust suppliers' capacities to meet contract requirements.
La normativa de calidad en Defensa está constituida por la serie de normas AQAP, serie 2000. NATO's criteria is the maximum use possible of international standards; therefore, AQAP standards are based on ISO 9000 standards, with a series of additional NATO requirements.
Spain's PECAL standard is the transposition of AQAP standards.
PECAL series 2000 standards are the following:
The objectives that come with this certification are:
The initial certification according to PECAL standards is granted by the MINISDEP (Ministry of Defence - Directorate-General for Arms and Defence, DGAM), following an audit carried out by qualified staff of the Ministry of Defence.
PECAL certifications are perfectly integrated with
Since 2004, the auditing system that supports the 'PECAL certification scheme, series 2000' has been gradually outsourced, and thus the audits for renewing PECAL certificates are carried out by companies with certification that is duly recognised by the Mixed Defence Committee-IAMD (CMDIN), prior authorisation of the Subdirector-General of SDGINSERT,
AENOR, as a certification body, has been approved since 2004, participating in the 1st phase of the PECAL/AQAP Certification Scheme, series 2000, which was applied in six Arms and Material Industries (IAMDs).
The standard PECAL 2210 does not form part of this Certification Scheme, and so the audits are always carried out by staff of the AII/SDGINSERT. Therefore, this outsourcing corresponds to standards PECAL 2110 and PECAL 2310.
At the moment, there are approximately two hundred companies certified by the MINISDEF (DGAM) across different sectors and spanning different sizes, and as part of which AENOR participates in processing the certificates of 55 organisations that have already been certified.