IAF MANDATORY DOCUMENT FOR THE APPLICATION OF ISO/IEC 17021-1 FOR AUDITS OF INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Issue 2 (IAF MD 11:2019); ISSUE DATE: 17 JANUARY, 2019
About IAF Mandatory Document for the Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1
“IAF publishes Mandatory Documents which are required to be used by accreditation bodies when accrediting certification/registration bodies to assure that they operate their programs in a consistent and equivalent manner. IAF Mandatory documents are not intended to establish, interpret, subtract from or add to the requirements of any ISO/IEC Guide or Standard, but simply to assure consistent application of those Guides or Standards.” – Source
“This document is mandatory for the consistent application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 by Certification Bodies (CBs) for planning and delivery of Audits of Integrated
Management Systems (IMS).”
“The International Accreditation Forum, Inc. (IAF) facilitates trade and supports regulators by operating a worldwide mutual recognition arrangement among Accreditation Bodies (ABs) in order that the results issued by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) accredited by IAF members are accepted globally. Accreditation reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited CABs are competent to carry out the work they undertake within their scope of accreditation. ABs that are members of IAF and the CABs they accredit are required to comply with appropriate international standards and the applicable IAF application documents for the consistent application of those standards. ABs that are signatories to the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) are evaluated regularly by an appointed team of peers to provide confidence in the operation of their accreditation programs. The structure and scope of the IAF MLA is detailed in IAF PR 4 – Structure of IAF MLA and Endorsed Normative Documents.”
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