Dec 14, 2018 Last Updated 9:09 PM, Dec 13, 2018

General Criteria for Conformity Assessment Bodies

All conformity assessment bodies (CAB) seeking to be accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) shall fulfil the following criteria:

  1. The applicant CAB or the organization that it is a part of, shall be an entity that can be held legally responsible for its conformity assessment activities, with a clearly defined management structure, and where applicable, a description of its place in its parent organization, the relationships between management, technical operations and support services, as necessary, and the appointed deputies for key managerial positions clearly indicated.

  2. The applicant CAB shall be able to demonstrate compliance to the relevant legislative requirements for its operation.

  3. The applicant CAB shall demonstrate the ability to operate and maintain a facility that is capable of performing the activity(ies) for which accreditation is being requested, according to the requirements of the applicable international standard (ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020).

  4. The management system of the applicant CAB shall be appropriate to the scope of its activities for which accreditation is being sought and shall cover the operations at its permanent site(s), sites away from its permanent facilities, its temporary and mobile sites and at client sites.

  5. The applicant CAB shall have competent staff with proven knowledge of the relevant standards, professional ethics, policy, procedures, techniques or methods and other requirements for the effective implementation of the facility’s operations. Further, the CAB shall be structured administratively to ensure its capability to maintain accurate records and provide adequate and accurate reports.

  6. Where the applicant CAB is a part of an organization that performs activities other those for which accreditation is being sought, the responsibilities of the key personnel which influence decisions regarding results for which the CAB is responsible shall be clearly defined, so as to identify and eliminate potential conflicts of interest and prevent adverse influence on the CAB’s conformance with the applicable international standard.

  7. The applicant CAB shall define and describe the conformity assessment activities for which it conforms with the standard that governs its operations. Where the applicant is an inspection body, the applicant inspection body shall declare its inspection activities in accordance with the selection provided in Annex A to ISO/IEC 17020 as either a Type A, or Type B or Type C inspection body.
  1. The applicant CAB shall be equipped with the resources, facilities, documented requirements, standards, policies and procedures to efficiently carry out the conformity assessment activities in the fields for which accreditation is being sought. This does not preclude the appropriate use of outside facilities.

  2. The applicant CAB shall have documented effective procedures for maintaining accurate and acceptable records, reporting data resulting from its conformity assessment activities, maintaining appropriate confidentiality, maintaining standards of accuracy, consideration and resolution of appeals and disputes, ensuring the protection of customers’ confidential information and proprietary rights, including the storage and transmission of this information.

  3. The applicant CAB shall have, where applicable, a legally enforceable arrangement with its own clients to provide on request, access to the JANAAC assessment teams to assess the CAB’s performance while carrying out conformity assessment activities at the clients’ premises.

  4. The applicant CAB shall abide by the requirements of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation’s accreditation programme, including allowing the examination of records, procedures and other documentation relevant to the area(s) for which accreditation is being sought and shall allow JANAAC to carry out the required verification of the accuracy of results and reporting, as necessary for obtaining and maintaining accreditation.

  5. The applicant CAB shall abide by the decisions from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation and operate in a manner that will not cause a lack of confidence in its competence, impartiality, judgment or operational integrity, or cause its accreditation status and/or the accreditation programme to be brought into disrepute. JANAAC has established procedures to address complaints and appeals, and clients may utilize these mechanisms where applicable.

    JANAAC reserves the right to reject the application or terminate the assessment process if at any time there is evidence of fraudulent behavior, provision of false information or the concealment of information.

* Proof of purchase of the relevant standard (ISO/IEC 17020; ISO/IEC17025; ISO 15189) is required

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.