FAQ 41

In bullet a) of Annex A.3 it is stated that the inspection body shall provide safeguards within the organisation to ensure adequate segregation of responsibilities and accountabilities between inspection and other activities. Could you examples of such safeguards?

STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.1.6 ·  TOPIC: Independence Type C

Answer:

Safeguards that ensure adequate segregation can include e.g.
– organisational separation;
– reporting arrangements; or
– procedural practices that protect the inspection activities from undue influence arising from other potentially conflicting activities.