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2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
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Update from the IAF Technical Committee
by Ekanit Romyanon, IAF Technical Committee Chair

In 2016, the Technical Committee (TC) met twice, 1-2 April 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, and 28-29 October 2016 in New Delhi, India.

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) technical documents that have been endorsed and published during the year are:

1.    IAF MD 19:2016 IAF Mandatory Document For The Audit and Certification of a Management System operated by a Multi-Site Organization (where application of site sampling is not appropriate)

2.    IAF MD 20:2016 Generic Competence for AB Assessors: Application to
ISO/IEC 17011

3.    IAF ID 12:2015 Principles on Remote Assessment

The documents have now been posted on the IAF website for all members to access.

On 29th October 2016, there was a Workshop on IAF MD20:2016. The trainer was Cynthia Woodley. The training included presenters from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The workshop was successfully conducted with appreciation from all members. The Technical Committee would like to thank all the trainers for their contributions.

During the General Assembly 2016, the Technical Committee proposed Resolutions, which were adopted by the General Assembly:

IAF Resolution 2016-13 – Accreditation Scoping for Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved to endorse Table 2 Technical Areas from ISO 50003:2014 Energy management systems -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems as a Normative reference for the accreditation scope and grouping of sectors for witnessing of energy management systems.

IAF Resolution 2016-14 –Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the transition period for the next revision of ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems -- Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems, will be two years from the date of publication of the revised standard.

IAF Resolution 2016-15 – Migration Arrangement for ISO 45001
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the period for migrating accredited certifications from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use will be three years from the date of publication of ISO 45001.

IAF Resolution 2016-16 – Endorsement of ISO 45001:201X as an IAF normative document
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved to endorse the soon to be published ISO 45001:201X as a normative document.

IAF Resolution 2016-17 – Accredited MS Certification Document
Further to Resolution 2015-14, The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that in order for a management system certification document to be considered accredited, it must display the accreditation symbol, and/or, reference the accreditation status of the CB including the identification of the AB.

The General Assembly further agreed that management systems certification bodies: 1. must transition certification documentation to include the accreditation symbol, and/or, reference the accreditation status of the CB including the identification of the AB, at the time of recertification decision; no later than 06 November 2019;

2. when granted initial accreditation (for a standard or scope), as of 06 November 2016, the CB must transition (re-issue) previous unaccredited certification documents, within one year after the accreditation decision;

3. must apply this resolution to all management system standards.

Note: If there is an exception to the above, the client must justify the exception to the CB and AB, and if accepted by both the CB and AB, the certification is still considered accredited.

IAF Resolution 2016-18 – Extension of IAF MD19 Application Date
The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the application date of IAF MD 19: IAF Mandatory Document For The Audit and Certification of a Management System operated by a Multi-Site Organization (where application of site sampling is not appropriate) be extended one year to 31 March 2018.

It should be noted that the IAF Consistency Forum has been launched recently. The members are encouraged to take part in the Forum aiming at promoting consistency among the members’ practices.

Special thanks to Trevor Nash - IAF TC Vice-Chair, Joan Brough-Kerrebyn – IAF TC secretary and all the WG/TF Convenors. You all have made a successful meeting.

Thank you to all IAF TC members for the contribution during the past year.

From Left to right - Trevor Nash (TC Vice-Chair), Joan Brough-Kerrebyn (TC Secretary), Ekanit Romyanon (TC Chair)




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