The Quality Assurance Program™ (QAP) is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the adaptive mobility equipment industry. It is based on the principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality. The program was developed to elevate the level of dealer performance to reliably meet consumers’ transportation needs in the safest manner possible.
The QAP designation is indicative of enhanced vehicle modification and adaptive equipment installation consistent with the highest industry standards. NMEDA Dealers are required to follow guidelines written in accordance with motor vehicle safety standards, a professionally managed dynamic and static testing program and proven quality control practices that advocate the highest level of performance and safety.
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All NMEDA accredited dealers participate in the QAP and are held to extremely high standards for consumer safety and product quality. They are required to:
- Maintain a NMEDA approved Quality Control Manual that defines processes affecting quality and focuses on customer satisfaction and compliance to applicable industry and regulatory standards while fostering continuous improvement opportunities on product and services offered.
- Maintain Product, and Completed Operations, and Garage Keepers insurance for liability purposes and to protect the consumer and dealer.
- Have certified welders (or equivalent in Canada) if they perform structural modifications to vehicles to assure welds and modifications meet or exceed industry standards.
- Have technicians who are certified for the equipment they sell, install and service.
- Maintain detailed records of all adaptive work for at least seven years that are specific to a customer/vehicle for traceability and future reference.
- Undergo an inspection/audit process at least annually by an independent Audit Firm to ensure compliance to the QAP Rules, NMEDA Guidelines, certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and “Make Inoperative” mandates as required. In Canada to meet applicable building code, and Transport Canada Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS).
- Abide by the Mediation Committee’s decisions whenever a complaint is lodged.
- Have a dedicated phone number manned by qualified service personnel and provide 24/7 hour emergency service or support assistance to their customers at home or on the road.
- Meet NMEDA shop facility and equipment requirements to assure ADA guidelines (or Canadian equivalent) are met or exceeded and customers are comfortable during fittings and on-site inspections.
- Perform weight analysis using calibrated four-corner scales to assure customer safety and completed product complies with all applicable motor vehicle safety standards and cargo carrying capacity requirements are maintained.
- Maintain calibration on measurement equipment to assure data accuracy and manufacturer installation instructions are followed.
- Use the NMEDA Servicing Dealer Agreement when offering products outside of the standard service area to assure the product or service will be performed by another accredited QAP dealer.
QAP Accreditation for Non-Members
Any business is eligible to apply for QAP accreditation – membership in NMEDA is not a requirement. Non-members are required to abide by the same QAP rules and standards as NMEDA members in order to achieve and maintain QAP accreditation.