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Closer Cooperation
Accredited certification delivers real added value
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2012
Cgcre hosts IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New CASCO Publications due in 2012
Medical Device Regulators show an interest in IAF based accreditation for ISO 13485
Message from the PAC secretariat
Communication key to EA future development
News from EA and its Committees
News from IAAC
Development of New Accreditation Services in Hong Kong
Poland (PCA) kicks off its World Accreditation Day activities
Accreditation continues to gain Regulatory recognition in Dubai
SANAS’s support for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Framework
Closing the U.S. Skills Gap: ANSI Joint Member Forum Focuses on Building Economic Growth through a Quality Workforce
The role of ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, in the mandatory sector
Cgcre´s end user satisfaction survey
Mauritas provides Food Safety and Information Security Accreditation workshops

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New CASCO Publications due in 2012
by Laurent Charlet, ISO CASCO project manager

2012 will be extremely rich for the ISO committee on conformity assessment (ISO/CASCO) in terms of publications. ISO/IEC 17020:2012, Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, which provides requirements for inspection bodies was published on 1 March. And a technical specification on requirements for third party audit report in management system (ISO/IEC TS 17022) was published on 1 April.

Additional key ISO/CASCO documents for certification bodies will be published later this year. The important and long awaited standard on product certification, ISO/IEC 17065, which will replace the ISO/IEC Guide 65 is expected in August, while ISO/IEC 17024 on the certification of persons is nearing publication with a projected date of late June.

A further important development in 2012 is the potential start of the revision of ISO/IEC 17021 (requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems).  A ballot by ISO/CASCO members to end in June will determine the next steps. The scope of the revision will be on the clauses incorporated without change from the 2006 version into the 2011 one. The committee is also pleased with the establishment of three new working groups this year.

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