Apr 18, 2019 Last Updated 3:28 AM, Apr 9, 2019

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 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.



    Notice of Transition to
    ISO/IEC 17025:2017

    ILAC, in consultation with ISO, has agreed on a three-year period for laboratories that demonstrate conformity to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, to make the transition from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard. A communique has been issued in this regard. JANAAC, in keeping with this communique, requires its accredited laboratories to make this transition by November 30, 2020. After this date, accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will no longer be valid. During this transition period, both revisions of the standard are equally valid and applicable. Testing and calibration laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard up to December 31, 2018, in which case, initial assessments must be conducted by March 31, 2019. After December 31, 2018, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. After March 31, 2019, all assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) will be conducted using the revised standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. If the date of reassessment or interim on-site assessment (surveillance) occurs before Nov 30, 2020, and after December 31, 2018 the laboratory will be assessed against the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, in accordance with international practice. All accredited and applicant testing and calibration laboratories are required to purchase a copy of the revised standard at the earliest opportunity and to commence the transition process. Please contact JANAAC for any further information and clarification required.