After the trials performed during 2014, the scheme is now being made operational.
During the pilot project to test the scheme, Planetek (Italy) became the first company to be audited by an Accredited Third Party Certification Body to ISO9001 plus the scheme requirements and now have this as a statement on their ISO9001 certificate. AnsuR (Norway) and Stevenson Astrosat (Scotland) were audited by Lloyds Register Bv (The Netherlands) as part of the scheme pilot and both companies are now in the process of getting ISO9001 certification including compliance with the scheme requirements. During and after the pilot, Flyby (Italy) also used the scheme documentation to assess changes that were needed to their certified QMS.
Future steps: The scheme will propose a list of companies which have been audited and successfully verified the conformance of their Quality Management System to the EARSC certification scheme guidelines