About ARM 9009

What is ARM 9009:2013?
ARM 9009 is an industry specific quality standard for the Firearms and Armored products business. It is the world’s leading quality management system for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of firearms, body armor and armored vehicles systems. ARM 9009 certification is a requirement passed by an unanimous vote by all elected members of the American Board of Accredited Certifications in April 2013. ARM 9009 is now mandatory for all companies involved in the firearms and armoring sectors.

Is ARM 9009 Certification Suitable For My Company?
ARM 9009 certification is essential for firearms and armoring manufacturers and suppliers as well as companies that manufacturer or supply parts, components and materials to the firearms and/or armoring industry. ARM 9009 certifications have been issued to qualified manufacturers, machine shops, metal fabricators, welding shops, plastic molders, and suppliers of various parts, components, forgings, tubing, fasteners, metals, plastics and other materials used in the production of firearms and armoring systems.

How Does ARM 9009:2013 Compare to ISO 9001:2008?
ISO 9001:2008 is based on requirements that that are intended to be a “one size fits all” set of standards for many different industries. In contrast, ARM 9009:2013 system accreditation is based on highly specialized standards that have been universally accepted as a mandatory requirement for suppliers, subcontractors, manufacturers and dealers of all firearms and armoring type products. ARM-9009:2013 audits are system-specific and precisely comprehensive to the firearms and armoring industry.

Is ARM 9009 Accredited by an Internationally Recognized Accreditation Body?
ARM 9009 is accredited by a number of internationally recognized accredited bodies such as the American Board of Accredited Certifications, the Industrial Leaders Group (ILG), the Global Quality Assurance Committee (GQAC) as well as regional accreditation groups, signatories and observer committees.

Which Registrars Are Authorized to Issue ARM 9009 Certificates?
Registration companies, also known as certification bodies (CBs) authorized to issue ARM 9009:2013 certifications must be accredited by an internationally recognized accreditation body such as the American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC), the Global Quality Assurance Committee (GQAC), or equivalent. Authorized registrars must show proof their accreditation is valid and guaranteed in writing.

What If I Have More Questions?
Contact us to speak to an authorized representative or to receive a list of accredited consultants serving your region. ARM 9009 is represented by association members, regional accreditation groups, observer organizations, certification bodies, consultants, auditors and trained representatives worldwide.