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Update from the IAF Technical Committee
by Ekanit Romyanon, TC Chair

The Technical Committee (TC) met twice in 2015, on 11/12 April in Frankfurt, Germany and on 30/31 October in Milan, Italy. With support and active contribution from the Members, a number of projects have been successfully completed.

The IAF technical documents that were endorsed and published during the year 2015 are:

  • IAF MD 17:2015 Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies;
  • IAF MD 18:2015 Application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 in the Service Management Sector(ISO/IEC 20000-1);
  • IAF ID 9: 2015 Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 9001:2015;
  • IAF ID 10: 2015 Transition Planning Guidance for ISO 14001:2015;
  • IAF ID 11:2015 Information on the Transition of Management System Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 from ISO/IEC 17021: 2011; and
  • IAF ID 12:2015 Principles on Remote Assessment.

The documents have been now posted on the IAF website for public access.

There were 4 training sessions provided, in relation to the new important standards, during the meetings as follows:

  • ISO 9001:2015                        Trainer : Colin Mcnee
  • ISO 14001:2015                      Trainer : Anne-Marie Warris
  • ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015           Trainer : Randy Dougherty
  • ISO 13485                               Trainer : Grant Ramaley

The Technical Committee would like to thank all the trainers for their contributions (which were provided free of charge.)

During the 2015 General Assembly, the Technical Committee proposed five resolutions that were adopted by the General Assembly in Milan:

IAF Resolution 2015–12Transitional Arrangement for ISO/IEC 27006:2015 -
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the transition period for ISO/IEC 27006:2015 Information technology -- Security techniques -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems will be two years from the date of publication of the standard, i.e. 30 September 2017.

IAF Resolution 2015–13Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO 13485:2003 - The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the transition period for the next revision of ISO 13485:2003 Medical devices -- Quality management systems -- Requirements for regulatory purposes will be three years from the date of publication of the revised standard.

IAF Resolution 2015–14Non-Accredited Certification Where the MS CB is Accredited for the Same Scope – The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that IAF Accreditation Body Members shall have legally enforceable arrangements with their accredited CABs that prevents the CAB from issuing non-accredited management systems certificates in scopes for which they are accredited.

The General Assembly further agreed that the transition period will be one year from the date of endorsement.

IAF Resolution 2015–15Maintenance of IAF Technical Committee Documents - The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that references to ISO/IEC 17021 in IAF documents shall be understood to refer to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 in relation to CABs that have completed the transition and after the transition period.

However ABs and CABs will need to take account of the changes in ISO/IEC 17021-1 when using IAF documents which may not be revised until after the transition period to reference ISO/IEC 17021-1.

IAF Resolution 2015–16Development of IAF Documents - The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that a permanent committee may, subject to the agreement of its Members, waive circulation of a draft document to its Members for 30-day comment (ref: IAF PR-2, clause 3.5[ii]) and proceed directly to 60-day comment of all IAF Members.

The Technical Committee is now in the process of developing initiatives for enhancing governance of operation, based on Members’ needs. These initiatives include improvement of meeting participation, working remotely and shortening the IAF technical document development process.

Special thanks to Trevor Nash - IAF TC Vice-Chair, Joan Brough-Kerrebyn – IAF TC Secretary, and all the Working Group/Task Force Conveners. It was our teamwork that made the meeting as successful as it was.

Thank you to all IAF TC Members for your contributions during the past year.

Ekanit Romyanon,

IAF Technical Committee Chair.




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