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ABS Quality Evaluations Celebrates 30 Years of Certification Leadership

March 27, 2020

ABS Quality Evaluations (ABS QE) has proudly reached its 30th year of operation as a world-leading certification body. Recognized globally as a leader in certified performance and business assurance solutions, ABS QE provides accredited management system certification audits, training and supply chain assessment services in over 40 countries.

"When I look back at the history of our organization, we started operations in the Americas and as our services evolved over the years, we've built a strong international business with a major presence in Asia Pacific," says Dominic Townsend, President of ABS QE. "2020 is an exciting year for us as we continue to focus on our core capabilities in quality, environment, health and safety, and are now executing a strategy in high growth areas such as transportation and corporate social responsibility. Looking into the next decade, we want to continue addressing our clients' most pressing issues—areas such as cybersecurity and business continuity—to position ABS QE for future growth and success as an assurance solutions provider."

ABS QE has celebrated several banner years on the journey toward continuous improvement. In 2013, the company became the first audit provider accredited by the Center for Offshore Safety to conduct safety and environmental systems (SEMS) audits for assets operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The QE team reached another milestone in 2015 when it achieved global accreditation status from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to certify organizations to the Asset Management Standard, ISO 55001:2014. Building on this achievement, ABS QE awarded ISO 55001 standard certification to both University Health System in San Antonio, the first healthcare system globally to receive this Asset Management Standard Certification, and to Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation, the first international airport certified to ISO 55001.

Triumphs throughout ABS QE's 30 years demonstrate an unwavering commitment to supporting clients and strengthening connections across diverse industry verticals. Today, the company leads on delivering a range of certification services to the aerospace (AS9100 and AS 9120), oil, gas and chemical (COS SEMS and RC 14001), manufacturing and global retail industries in the areas of corporate social responsibility (SA 8000), quality (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety management systems (ISO 45001).

"What I'd like to say to our customers as well as to the contractors we've worked with over the years is thank you for trust and confidence in our services," says Townsend, reaffirming that customer confidence is what drives ABS QE to deliver to the highest standards. "And to the Quality Evaluations team, thank you for your dedication and hard work. Our people make the difference, and they are the ones who have truly built our organization into the successful company it is today."

About ABS Quality Evaluations

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE) is a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. ( As a world-leading certification body, ABS QE works with companies to improve the performance of their business, systems, people and supply chains through management systems certification, verification, training and assessments, including supply chain and cybersecurity. ABS QE’s global network of auditors plays a crucial role in helping organizations achieve business excellence and obtain the necessary certifications to get products and services to market.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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