Oct 17, 2018 Last Updated 3:22 PM, Oct 3, 2018

Certification Body Accreditation

Certification Body Accreditation

The accreditation of certification bodies attests to the competence of organizations which provide certification of management systems, products, services, processes and personnel. There are ISO or ISO/IEC standards that describe the requirements for competence in each such scheme.

Examples of these include:

  • Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021-1 Conformity assessment - requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, where the management system may be in accordance with:
    • ISO 9001 to deliver certification of quality management systems
    • ISO 14000 to deliver certification of environmental management systems
    • ISO 22000 to deliver certification of food safety management systems
  • Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity assessment – requirements for bodies operating of persons
  • Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity assessment - requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

JANAAC has not yet accredited any certification bodies but the agency is making preparations to commence doing so shortly.

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17025:2017

JANAAC, in keeping with an ISO/ILAC 17025:2017 transition communique, requires all testing and calibration laboratories to make the transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard by November 2020. During this transition period, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 are equally valid. Testing and calibration laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 up to December 31, 2018. After December 31, 2018, however, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. Re-assessment or surveillance visits, however, done after December 31, 2018 will be done using the new standard. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17011:2017

JANAAC is currently in transition to the new ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard. As such, all our accredited CABs and new applications will be informed in a timely manner of any accreditation requirements which may be affected. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.