About PRI


The Performance Review Institute is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1990 by
SAE International.



The Performance Review Institute is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals.


The Performance Review Institute upholds the following culture in order to achieve our mission as a global provider of customer focused solutions:

  • As an organization, we commit to a positive work environment that values equitable consideration, recognizes the importance of flexibility, inspires motivation, creates opportunities for advancement and embraces diversity.
  • As co-workers, we commit to supporting each other by communicating openly, promoting collaboration, building trust and demonstrating mutual respect.
  • As individuals, we hold ourselves to the highest level of integrity, honesty and accountability at all levels.


The Performance Review Institute was originally set up to administer Nadcap – the industry-managed special process and product accreditation program for the aerospace industry. Nadcap was developed by Government and Industry to continually improve quality while reducing costs.

In 1995 we established PRI Registrar, a management systems registrar which provides international third-party certifications to standards such as ISO 9001, AS9100 and ISO 14001, among others.

The organization is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA.  As Nadcap grew internationally, we established offices in London, UK to serve Europe and in Beijing, China and Aichi, Japan serving the Asia-Pacific region. Establishing a global presence was a fundamental part of our customer service strategy, as it means we can assist our customers with their queries and requests for technical assistance without undue delay (breaking through both language and time zone barriers).

In 2007, responding to customer demand, we established eQuaLearn, a  special process and quality training program and eQualified, an industry managed  special process personnel qualification program.