New ISO/IEC 17020 2012 Edition on Conformity Assessment

ISO / IEC 17020 :2012 - Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, was published in March 2012 and will replace ISO / IEC 17020: 1998.

Its implementation in UAE by ENAS accredited inspection bodies will be as follows:

  • For existing applicants and accredited Inspection bodies, one year grace period is given for adoption. All these inspection bodies have to update their quality system and its implementation according to ISO 17020: 2012 for their assessments to be conducted in 2013.
  • All new applicants have to comply with the requirements of ISO 17020:2012 version before submitting their applications from 1st of May 2012.

ISO/IEC-17020:2012 covers the activities of inspection bodies that provide the examination of materials, products, installations, plants, processes, work procedures, software or services, then determine the conformity with predefined requirements, and finally report the results of these activities to clients and authorities.

The general requirements with which these bodies are required to comply in order that their services are accepted by clients and by supervisory authorities are harmonized in this International Standard.

The second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO/IEC 17020:1998), which has been technically revised. The 24-page standard is a joint publication of both ISO and IEC. The objective in developing the standard was to promote confidence in bodies performing inspection.

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