IEC and ISO harmonize International Standards for audits and certification

Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB UK) 16 November 2012

The updated standards will help create confidence among regulators, consumers, suppliers, and other stakeholders that certificates granted by one certification body are effectively the same as those offered by another. Audits and certifications are a major asset to international trade and essential to the long-term health of the world economy and these standards are designed to facilitate best practices for a wide variety of certification bodies and auditors.

ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services, is designed to ensure that certification of a given product, service, or process has been carried out in a fair and capable manner, increasing confidence in the testing and inspection undergone by certified products, services, or processes.

This standard revises ISO/IEC Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, which has been widely used by certification bodies to demonstrate that they are competent, impartial, and reliable; the new version includes improved terms, definitions, resources, and guidance, as well as new specifications. Certification bodies accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 65 have three years to comply with the new standard.

ISO/IEC TS (Technical Specification) 17021-2, Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems, is designed to ensure the competence of personnel involved in the growing field of EMS (environmental management systems) certification. The standard, which was developed to complement the generic guidance included in ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, outlines required knowledge and skills for environmental management auditors and certifiers, including environmental terminology, relevant metrics, and monitoring techniques.

About the IEC

The IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies collectively known as electrotechnology. It brings together 163 countries and close to 13 000 experts on the global level. IEC International Standards include globally relevant specifications and metrics that allow electric or electronic devices to work efficiently and safely with each other anywhere in the world. IEC work covers a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, batteries, nanotechnology, renewable energy, to mention just a few. The IEC supports all forms of conformity assessment and manages Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that equipment systems or components conform to its International Standards.

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