ISO/IEC 17020:2012 is the international standard that provides requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality & consistency of their inspection activities.
This standard was published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 165 national standards bodies; in partnership with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a not-for-profit organisation that works independently of any government; hence it is called as ISO/IEC 17020:2012.
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Who Should Apply For ISO/IEC 17020?
Any inspection body in order to carry out their services needs to get formal recognition from an authorized body which assures that the inspection body is competent to carry out the inspection impartially.
The inspection body must apply for accreditation for which it must comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020 standard.
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This documentation toolkit consists of a set of documents under the requirements for Conformity Assessment — Requirements for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection for ISO/IEC 17020:2012.
Our document kit consists of all the documents compliant with ISO/IEC 17020. The documents are organized and structured in 3 tiers: namely the Manual, Procedures, and Annexures & Forms.
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What are the benefits of ISO/IEC 17020:2012?
- Helps to enhance effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency in the overall Inspection bodies operation, it provides guidelines and better control for maintenance of tools
- Saves time and money due to the decrease or removal of the requirement for re-inspection.
- Extends confidence in Inspection data and of personnel performing work.
- Greater control of procedures and activities throughout Inspection bodies.
- Provides International recognition and credibility.
What is certification process of ISO/IEC 17020:2012?
Certification is being issued by the Accreditation body after assessing and auditing the accreditation system of the organization as per the conformance of the requirements of the standard. Accreditation process stages are like acknowledgment of application, initial review of the application, application and documents review, Pre-assessment, onsite audit, technical review report, and granting of accreditation certification for inspection body.
How long will it take to get accreditation system certification?
ISO/IEC 17020:2012 accreditation certification is an ongoing process, it is not a single event. Once certified, the certification needs to be maintained and renewed by complying with the international standard requirements. Depending on the size and complexity of the organization. it could take between 1-3 months to achieve the initial certification.
What is the latest version of ISO/IEC 17020:2012?
ISO/IEC 17020:2012 is the latest version. ISO/IEC 17020:1998 was the previous version.
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