Harmonization of the national accreditation system of

Report
By Pierre de Ruvo
Chairman Steering
Committee
IAF-ILAC-IEC
«Harmonization of the national accreditation system
of Eurasian countries»
23 December 2013
Moscow World Trade Center
INTERNATIONAL
ELECTROTECHNICAL
COMMISSION
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• to develop cooperation strategy
• to establish working parties to deal with specific issues
• to approve changes to agreed projects & supporting
documentation
• to monitor and review agreed projects
• to provide assistance to the projects when required
• to resolve project conflicts
• to make decisions on formal acceptance of project
deliverables
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b) Facilitating coordinated application of standards and
guidance documents for the purpose of assessment of
product and management system certification bodies and
testing laboratories operating in the IEC Conformity
Assessment Systems, including development and sharing of
common understanding of the technical issues and duly
harmonizing the respective assessment procedures. Common
application and guidance documents will be published and
made available to all members of ILAC, IAF and the IEC
Conformity Assessment Systems.
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(c) Wherever possible and reasonable, and with the
agreement of the concerned certification bodies and
testing laboratories, conducting common unified
assessments.
(d) Developing joint training and workshops for the best
accomplishment of on-site unified assessments.
(e) Sharing a large pool of IEC C.A. System' technical
assessors for the assessment of testing laboratories and
certification bodies;
(f) Where practicable, conducting joint work
development of harmonised procedures and policies.
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on
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 Appointment of the Chairman of the Steering
Committee: Pierre de RUVO, Executive
Secretary and COO of the IECEE System
 Appointment of the Secretary of the Steering
Committee: Regina ROBERTSON, Chairman
of the ILAC AIC
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Guidelines for conduct of Unified Assessments
Design the structure and content of a common website
Synchronization of Assessment Cycles
Pruduct Consultancy and Independence
Use of Accreditation Symbols on Test Reports
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Product Consultancy and Independence
The Steering Committee agreed to transfer the assignment of
TF4 to the IAF Working Group on Product Certification. The
working group is requested to set clear principles of
independence and impartiality in regard to ISO/IEC
17065:2012. TF4 is to continue to contribute to the work of the
IAF Working Group.
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Harmonization of Assessment Cycles –TF3
The Steering Committee supported the recommendation to
harmonize re-assessment cycle to 4-years and agreed to
request the relevant Parties to start the approval process
within their own structures. Task Force 3 is requested to
continue with their assignments as directed (process scope
extensions and optimisation of contact), and also the need to
clarify surveillance issues associated with the 4-year cycle
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Scope of Accreditation
The Steering Committee agreed that as part of the obligations
of Accreditation Bodies, in accordance with ISO/IEC
17011:2004, the accreditation body shall make publicly
available information about the current status of the
accreditations that it has granted to CABs of which the scopes
of accreditation as per sub-clause 8.2.1 (c).
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 Revised Memorandum of Understanding
 Guidance for the conduct of Unified Assessments in
the Eletrotechnical Sector
 Unified Assessments (IEC CA Systems-IAF-ILAC)
 Common understanding of the requirements of
ISO/IEC G 65 and ISO/IEC 17025
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Completion of various Unified Assessments
Unified Assessment Teams composed by:
 Lead Assessors appointed by the AB
 Technical Assessors provided by IECEE System
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On-site Unified Assessments are developing
further in countries and regions.
ILAC and IAF ABs are encouraged to adhere to
this model.
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Unified Re-assessments
model
IEC C.A. System
Secretariat
Unified Re-assessments
model
ILAC and/or IAF
Member AB
CAB accredited and accepted by the
IEC System
ACCREDITATION BODY
Short list of
pre-selected
Technical Assessor(s)
Data Base of a
Common Pool of
Registered Technical
Assessors
Selection and appointment of:
ON-SITE
ASSESSMENT
+
Technical
TechnicalAssessor
Assessor
Lead Assessor
COMMON
ASSESSMENT
REPORT
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ASSESSMENT
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The Steering Committee agreed that ABs should be
reminded of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011 clause
8.2.1 (c), and the need for scopes of accreditation to be
both publicly available and offer adequate information for
the end-user.
8.2 Obligations of the accreditation body
8.2.1c) scopes of accreditation, condensed and/or in full. If only
condensed scopes are provided, information shall be given on how to
obtain full scopes.
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Definition: the process or a period of
changing from one state or condition to
another.
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the Chairman of the Steering Committee will send a letter
to the IAF Technical Committee requesting consideration of
a collective common process and transition period that can
be applied by all IAF ABs; related to implementation of
ISO/IEC 17065:2013
in the meantime, CBs are to be encouraged to make any
concerns known to the ABs and seek to negotiate more
suitable arrangements if necessary;
any inconsistencies in implementation identified by IEC
CBs will be collected by the IEC C.A. system and provided
to the IAF working group dealing with future guidance on
transition for ISO/IEC 17065 (convened by Paul Moliski).
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The Steering Committee agreed that the IEC C.A.
Systems will begin to prepare a table listing
“common understanding” of ISO/IEC 17065 in
regard to the electrotechnical sector. This table will
be provided to ISO/CASCO in the future as
relevant and appropriate.
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 that the drafting group should discuss and agree on
the next draft of the document; IECEE-ILAC-IAF
Guidance for the conduct of Unified Assessments in
the Electrotechnical Sector;
 that the Steering Committee should be provided with
the next version and the completed comments table;
 that the progress on the document should be reported
at the next Joint General Assembly in Seoul, Korea on
24 October 2013.
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Task Force 3 has been tasked to consider the
practical issues around currently different
surveillance/reassessment cycles between the IEC
C.A. Systems and ILAC and IAF ABs and provide
suggestions for harmonisation within the IEC
sector. The requirements of ISO/IEC 17011 also
need to be considered.
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Definition:
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The Steering Committee encourages Task
Force 4 to provide a recommendation to
the Steering Committee by the end of
2013.
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The Steering Committee agreed that Task
Force 5 be disbanded.
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 ISO/IEC 17067:2013 should be used as
guidance (unless specified as requirements by
individual product certification scheme owners);
 ISO/IEC 17067:2013 is not to be used for
accreditation purposes; and that,
 IEC systems and schemes are considered to be
compliant with ISO/IEC 17067:2013.
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The Steering Committee agreed that the role of Chair
of the Steering Committee should pass from Mr
Pierre de Ruvo, IECEE Executive Secretary & Chief
Operating Officer, to the Chair of ILAC, Mr Peter
Unger, for the period 1 January 2014 - 31 December
2014.
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The Steering Committee agreed that the Chair
would investigate and deal with the matter further
as appropriate. He would also advise the Steering
Committee if his findings indicated any action
might be required from ILAC and IAF.
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The next IEC-ILAC-IAF Steering Committee meeting
will be held on November 10th 2014 in Tokyo, Japan,
in association with the IEC General Meeting.
The Chairs of ILAC and IAF will also be invited to
attend the IEC CAB meeting on 11 November 2014.
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