FAQ 44

In clause 4.1.3 of the standard reference is made to threats to impartiality arising from the inspection body’s relationships. Can you give examples of relationships which may constitute a threat to the inspection body’s impartiality?

STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.1.3  ·  TOPIC: Impartiality

Answer:

Examples of relationships that could constitute a threat to the impartiality of the inspection body include:
– Relationship with a parent organisation
– Relationships with departments within the same organisation
– Relationships with related companies or organisations
– Relationships with regulators
– Relationships with clients
– Relationships of personnel
– Relationships with the organisations designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, purchasing, owning, using or maintaining the items inspected