May 24, 2018 Last Updated 4:49 PM, May 17, 2018

Inspection Body Accreditation

The international standard ISO/IEC 17020:2012 defines inspection as the examination of a product, process, service, or installation or design and determination of its conformity with specific requirements or, on the basis of professional judgment, with general requirements. Inspection can take place at all stages of the inspected item's lifecycle (including the design phase) and may include matters of quantity, quality, safety and fitness for use. Such work normally requires the exercise of professional judgment, in particular when assessing conformity. The inspection body field of accreditation also encompasses industry specific programs.

JANAAC recognizes the very close relationship between inspection, sampling, laboratory testing and measurement, we understands however that inspection encompasses a variety of activities not covered in laboratory accreditation. These activities include examinations by qualified personnel of materials, products, components, assemblies, cargoes and consignments using techniques such as:

  • Visual examination
  • Visual comparison with standards (e.g. colour matching)
  • Dimensional checks
  • Examination using gauges and instruments
  • Virtual evaluations

An inspection body may also participate in testing, measurement or sampling and may apply for accreditation in multiple fields concurrently.

Accreditation Requirements

Inspection Bodies are assessed against the general criteria found within ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Requirements for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection and ILAC P15-Application of ISO/IEC 17020 for the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies. Inspection Bodies are also expected to be in compliance with local legislations and regulations.

 Click here to download Inspection Body Application Form

 Click here to download Rights Responsibilities of Accredited CABs

 Click here to download Accreditation Process Flowchart

 Click here to download General Criteria for IB Accreditation

 Click here to download Steps Towards Becoming an Accredited CAB

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