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

Reduction, Suspension or Withdrawal of Accreditation

Reduction, Suspension or Withdrawal of Accreditation

Handling of Violations
On recognition that a conformity assessment body (CAB) is failing to meet the requirements of accreditation or to abide by the rules of accreditation, JANAAC seeks to have dialogue with the CAB.
If this communication confirms the existence of a violation which does not warrant reduction, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation, JANAAC requires the CAB to address the violation immediately.
In cases where reduction, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation is necessary, the steps outlined below are followed.

Reason for Reduction, Suspension or Withdrawal
A CAB can apply to JANAAC for the reduction, suspension or withdrawal of its accreditation, indicating the reasons.
An assessment team may recommend to the accreditation body, the reduction, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation from a CAB arising from verification of corrective action activities after assessments or due to verified complaints related to the CAB’s activities.
Failure of a CAB to meet the requirements of the licence agreement with JANAAC may also lead to a recommendation for reduction, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation.

First Notification
Any intent to reduce, suspend or withdraw accreditation is first communicated to the CAB in writing before submission to JANAAC’s Accreditation Evaluation Committee (AEC) with an advisory that the CAB is given a specified period for corrective actions.

Decision from Accreditation Evaluation Committee
All requests or recommendations for reduction, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation are submitted to the AEC.
The CEO of JANAAC receives instructions from the AEC regarding the decision to reduce, suspend or withdraw accreditation from a CAB.

Notification of Decision to Conformity Assessment Body
JANAAC will inform the CAB of the decision to reduce, suspend or withdraw accreditation stating reason(s) and the effective date of reduction, suspension or withdrawal, giving time for the JANAAC Appeals Committee to be notified and to meet.

Appeal Against Reduction, Suspension or Withdrawal
If an appeal against the proposed reduction, suspension or withdrawal is received, the Chairman of the Accreditation Council is notified within two (2) working days by the CEO of JANAAC. The Chairman then appoints an Appeals Committee.

Review by Appeals Committee
The Appeals Committee convenes and takes a decision.

Response to Appeal
JANAAC will then notify the CAB of the decision from the Appeals Committee.

Requirements for Suspension of Accreditation
When a decision is taken to suspend accreditation, the requirements outlined below is stated in the letter to the CAB.
Suspension should be no longer than six months, if request for suspension was made by the CAB.
Suspension should be no longer than three months, if it is made on the basis of a recommendation of the assessment team.
Failure of a suspended CAB to facilitate assessment visits or to implement corrective actions at the end of the suspension period may lead to a recommendation from the assessment team for withdrawal of accreditation.
If the CAB decides to seek renewal of accreditation after a suspension, it is required to submit an application for renewal of accreditation not later than one month prior to the suspension expiry date.

Requirements for Withdrawal of Accreditation
If the decision to withdraw accreditation is upheld, the requirements outlined in below is stated in the letter.
The Accreditation Certificate shall be returned to JANAAC.
The CAB must refrain from the use of the JANAAC accreditation symbol and combined ILAC MRA mark (if relevant) in advertisements, reports, certificates or any promotional material.

Surveillance
Surveillance activities are carried out without undue delay on CABs to ensure that the suspension or withdrawal procedure has been effectively carried out.

Public Notification of Reduction, Suspension or Withdrawal
JANAAC’s website is amended to reflect the status of CABs whose accreditation have been reduced, suspended or withdrawn with a clear indication of the scope affected.

Misuse of the Accreditation Symbol
Once JANAAC discovers that misuse of the accreditation symbol has occurred based on the requirements of the Policy for the use of the Accreditation symbols - JANAAC/DOC/20, JANAAC sends a notification in writing to the offender requesting corrective action within a specified time.
Should this action fail to occur within the time specified in the notice, then JANAAC shall publicize in the media details of the transgression.
If the media publication fails to bring about the required corrective action, then JANAAC will take legal action under the Trade Mark Act.

 

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.