FAQ 28

Can an Accreditation Body that is linked to a separate legal entity that provides consulting services have a website with direct hot links to the website of the linked separate entity that provides consulting services and meet the impartiality requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Section 4.4? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17011  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.4  ·  TOPIC: Impartiality Answer: No, if an AB…

FAQ 27

Can an Accreditation Body that is linked to a separate legal entity that provides consulting services have personnel (internal staff or external contractors) carry out consulting activities for that linked body and meet the impartiality requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Section 4.4? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17011  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.4  ·  TOPIC: Impartiality Answer: No, unless exceptional conditions are met.If the AB’s…

FAQ 26

Can an Accreditation Body that is linked to a separate legal entity that provides consulting services have shared resources (office space, finances, sales, marketing, accounting, human resources, legal counsel, etc.) and meet the impartiality requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Section 4.4? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17011  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.4  ·  TOPIC: Impartiality Answer: The absence of ‘shared resources’ is not required by…

FAQ 25

Can an Accreditation Body that is linked to a separate legal entity that provides consulting services have common owners, or a person who holds a higher position above the managers of both organizations meet the impartiality requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Section 4.4? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17011  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 4.4 and Clause 5.7  ·  TOPIC: Impartiality Answer: No, unless strict and…

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…

FAQ 43

Consider the case where an inspection body (IB) is a public enterprise that reports administratively to a Ministry. The Board and the Director General of the IB are appointed by the Ministry, and the IB reports financial results and overall performance to the Ministry. The Ministry requires assurance on the quality of grains, cereals and…

FAQ 42

In clause 7.1.6 of the standard refers to “information supplied by any other party as part of of the inspection process”. Could you examples of what type of information this could be? Could it include inspection results? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 7.1.6  ·  TOPIC: Inspection Methods and Procedures Answer: Inspection results and information are two different things. Information…

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 example 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…

FAQ 40

In clause 7.1.2 of the standard it is stated that the inspection body shall have and use adequate documented instructions on inspection planning and inspection techniques, where the absence of such instructions could jeopardize the effectiveness of the inspection process. Could you give examples of when such instructions would be required? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 7.1.2  · …

FAQ 39

In clause 5.2.2 of the standard it is stated that the inspection body shall be managed so as to enable it to maintain the capability to perform its inspection activities. What actions can the inspection body take to enable it to maintain the capability to perform its inspection activities? STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 5.2.2  ·  TOPIC: Management Answer:…

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