ISO/IEC 17020

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The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued Decree No. 43/2016 with references the ILAC MRA and IAF MLA. The Decree was issued on 30 December 2015 and enters into force on 1 March 2016.

If, as part of the requirements of the Decree, manufacturers and importers require their products to be tested or inspected under the ILAC MRA, they should contact the accreditation bodies that are a signatory to the ILAC MRA for testing using ISO/IEC 17025 or inspection using ISO/IEC 17020. The accreditation bodies will be able to provide a list of testing laboratories and inspection bodies that they have accredited to undertake the testing or inspection as required. The online directory of accredited laboratories and inspection bodies is also available from the accreditation body’s website.

For further information, please contact the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry or the Egyptian General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) directly.

The Swedish authority Transportstyrelsen – the Swedish Transport Agency uses accredited inspection bodies according ISO/IEC 17020 for the periodic inspection of vehicles, according Swedish law SFS 2002:574 and SFS 2009:211.

Further information is available from the Swedish Transport Agency – Transportstyrelsen or from Swedac.

The Swedish authority Boverket – the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning use accredited inspection bodies according ISO/IEC 17020 for inspection of elevators, according Swedish regulation BFS 2011:12.

For further information visit the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning or Swedac.

Dutch ministries are increasingly relying on accreditation for designating notified body activity. For example, CAB’s examining and inspecting lifts require an ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation to be designated a notified body (Directive 95/16/EC) by the Ministry of Social Affairs. For the ministry, accreditation is adequate proof of the CAB’s competence.

Further information is available here. (in Dutch)

 

Accredited certification has been embraced by a variety of public sector organisation in Mauritius. Twenty Departments within many ministries in Mauritius have accredited certification to ISO 9001 granted by the Mauritius Standards Bureau, including the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, the Mauritius Meteorological Services and the Mauritius Revenue Authority.  Three secondary schools have accredited certification to ISO 9001 as well as the Willougby Primary Government School. The National Blood Transfusion Service of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in Mauritius also has accredited Certification to ISO 9001 granted by the Mauritius Standards Bureau and the Passport and Immigration Office has accredited certification to ISO/IEC 27001. The Forensic Science Laboratory of Mauritius is itself accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. (Mauritius)

 

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has been certified to quality management system standard ISO 9001. The Director General of the NMA Olav Akselsen has a clear view of certification’s role in improvement, “Certification alone, however, does not mean the job is done. We will work continuously to evaluate and refine our internal processes according to the standard, focusing on service and quality that will benefit our end users.”

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Various governmental entities in Abu Dhabi are also accredited to improve their performance, including the Food Control Department, Municipality Clinical Laboratory, Municipality Animal Laboratory. The Digital Forensic Laboratory of Abu Dhabi Police is certified to ISO/IEC 17025 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. (Abu Dubai)

 

In order to have a better quality operation of key activities and more efficient management of its processes, the Serbian Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals (DMDM), the Serbian National Metrology Institute, has accredited certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. Moreover, they are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited (one testing laboratory and one calibration laboratory). (Serbia)

 

Ireland’s National Car Testing Service has achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection to ensure that it improves car safety and deliver its services with impartiality and consistency. (Ireland)

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In Eritrea, the National Blood Bank is certified to ISO 9001. Set up in 1999 as a center, the NBTS is a blood supply centre through out the country. Working in accordance with the internationally accepted management systems enables the NBTS run its activities effectively to the level of utmost excellence. Eritrea has now met the international standards of blood management system and gained international recognition to be certified by South African Accreditation body known as South African Bureau of Standards, SABS. (Eriteria)

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Following the 2009 Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as Amended (Resolution, MSC.282(86)), the IMO Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009; SR/CONF/45) and subsequent IMO circulars, the installation of asbestos products into new vessels has been banned since 1 January 2011. Asbestos (and other hazardous products) detected on board the existing ship must now be listed within an ‘Inventory of Hazardous Materials’ to enable a safe environment for crew, passengers and visitors. Accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17020 for asbestos surveying on marine vessels demonstrates compliance with the International Marine Organisation (IMO). (UK)

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The South African  Department of Labour (DOL) uses accreditation to determine the competence of Approved Inspection Authorities in the occupational hygiene field. The DoL’s Inspectorate was experiencing a market failure in the performance of some of the AIAs it had approved, brought about by the inconsistent and non-standard performance of practitioners.

The DoL and SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) set about determining criteria for accreditation in this field, with the help of technically knowledgeable stakeholders who were invited to form the SANAS Specialist Technical Committee (STC). Once the criteria and scope had been determined, SANAS and the DoL conducted workshops to inform stakeholders about the accreditation process, including information on the standard ISO/IEC 17020.  (South Africa)

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The South African  Department of Labour (DOL) uses accreditation to determine the competence of Approved Inspection Authorities in the occupational hygiene field. The DoL’s Inspectorate was experiencing a market failure in the performance of some of the AIAs it had approved, brought about by the inconsistent and non-standard performance of practitioners.

The DoL and SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) set about determining criteria for accreditation in this field, with the help of technically knowledgeable stakeholders who were invited to form the SANAS Specialist Technical Committee (STC). Once the criteria and scope had been determined, SANAS and the DoL conducted workshops to inform stakeholders about the accreditation process, including information on the standard ISO/IEC 17020.  (South Africa)

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