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Making Progress on Strategic Directions
Recent IAF Publications
Update from the IAF Technical Committee
Update from the IAF User Advisory Committee
2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
EMA Innovating in Accreditation for the Care of the Environment and Veterinary Medicine
IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
News from ARAC
Certification Issues Considered in EA
New Managing Director of DAkkS
Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
Highlights of the 38th EA General Assembly
Workshop Demonstrates the Value of Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 by MAURITAS
ANSIā€“PAC Workshop Provides Stakeholder Insights and Overview of ISO/IEC 17065
News from BSCA
A New Associate Member in EA
Memorandum of Understanding Between EA and ETSI
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Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
In 2016 ISO/CASCO published 2 International Standards and 1 Technical Specification:
  • ISO 17034, General requirements for the competence of reference material producers was published in November and replaces the ISO Guide 34:2009. It specifies general requirements for the competence and consistent operation of reference material producers and sets out the requirements in accordance with which reference materials are produced.

  • ISO/IEC 17021-9, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 9: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of anti-bribery management systems, was published in October. It's a new Technical Specification that complements the existing requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1 with specific competence requirements for personnel involved in the certification process for anti-bribery management systems (ABMS).
  • ISO/IEC 17021-2, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems was published in December. This International Standard replaces the ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012 and specifies additional competence requirements for personnel involved in the audit and certification process for environmental management systems (EMS).
ISO/CASCO has been also revising 2 key conformity assessment standards:

The ballot on the Draft International Standard (DIS) ISO/IEC 17011, setting the general requirements for accreditation bodies, closed mid-November and was largely approved by ISO/CASCO and IEC P-members. The working group (WG) 42 will meet from 21-23 February 2017 to address the DIS comments and depending on the nature of the changes decide whether a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage is necessary or if the document can go straight to publication. In line with the 7th edition of the ISO Directives (Part 1) the FDIS is now optional and the WG experts can decide to include it based on the DIS results (2/3 majority of the P members in the TC/SC that vote + no more than ¼ of all votes cast are negative) and comments received (if the DIS comments result in a technical change the experts should decide whether an FDIS vote is needed).

Another document under review, ISO/IEC 17025, setting the competence requirements for testing and calibration laboratories, has reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, meaning that interested parties will have the opportunity to submit feedback on the draft as of December 29, and for a period of 3 months. The WG44 will meet in July and based on the ballot results and DIS comments, it will decide either to move the document straight to publication or the FDIS stage.



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