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Institution of Engineering Inspection

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of Furnival Street, London

WWI The Ministry of Munitions was set up to address the urgent need to standardise armament production. Members of its Inspection Department established the Technical Inspection Association (TIA) to further develop engineering and chemical inspections.

1919 The TIA held its first general meeting on 1 April 1919. The association had 500 members by the summer of that year, and the cost of membership was a little more than £1.

1922 The TIA became the Institution of Engineering Inspection and opened its membership to industrial and government inspectors. The Institution promoted and supported the work of qualified engineering and industry inspectors. Companies were invited to become affiliated members of the institution.

Members in the United Kingdom (Glasgow and Manchester) and Germany (Essen) started informal groups.

1930 An official branch was launched in Darlington, UK.

Subsequently the Institution established branches in Birmingham, the Midlands, Sheffield, the North East Coast, Coventry, Manchester and Bristol. Today the institute has 25 branches worldwide.

WWII Many members relocated and worked long hours to support the war effort. In February 1944, the institution had approximately 1,200 members.

Post-WWII the Institution changed its name to the Institute of Quality Assurance

2006 The Institute was granted a Royal Charter, having demonstrated pre-eminence, public interest, stability and permanence.

The name was changed again to the Chartered Quality Institute; the Register of Certificated Auditors became the International Register of Certificated Auditors.

2007 Granted the power to confer individual Chartered status for quality management professionals.

Today, the Institute and the Register have nearly 20,000 members across the globe.

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