Aug 20, 2022 Last Updated 5:06 PM, Jul 6, 2022

JANAAC's Rights & Duties

JANAAC has the right to:

  1. Deny, withdraw or suspend the accreditation to/of any conformity assessment body (CAB) which does not fulfil the requirements of the relevant standard, the CABs written procedures, relevant legislation or JANAACs criteria for accreditation;
  2. Deny, withdraw or suspend the accreditation to/of any CAB where it is proven that the CAB falsified information and/or there is evidence of fraudulent behaviour;
  3. Require that CABs make a formal application for accreditation;
  4. Assess the CABs management system, records, activities etc. as it relates to the scope of accreditation;
  5. To change the frequency of the surveillance visits depending on the results of other assessments (e.g. in the cases of appeals or complaints);
  6. To request effective implementation of corrective actions for nonconformities identified from assessment visits or for violations of the terms and conditions of the accreditation and use of the symbol or the accredited CAB combined ILAC MRA mark;
  7. To publicize infractions by the CAB and, if necessary, take legal or other action to deal with incorrect use of the accreditation, the symbol or the accredited CAB combined ILAC MRA mark by the CAB;
  8. Ask for and receive in a timely manner any information, records or documents relating to any activities which fall under the CABs scope of accreditation;

JANAAC has the duty to:

  1. Conduct assessments in a fair, competent and impartial manner;
  2. Keep CAB information and documents confidential, except where the law requires that information be made public;
  3. Continually fulfill the requirements of the standard which governs the operation of an accreditation body and the mandatory requirements of the IAAC and ILAC, in providing accreditation services;
  4. Inform CABs about changes in accreditation requirements which may occur based on internationally accepted guidelines and as required by the JANAAC Accreditation Council;
  5. Require the CAB to make the necessary adjustments to its procedures within an agreed timeline, when accreditation requirements are changed;
  6. Carry out the required accreditation activities as scheduled;
  7. Promote the accredited CAB in respect of the CABs name, address and accredited services, on the JANAAC website, etc.;
  8. Allow accredited CABs to use the fact of its accreditation and the accreditation symbol or the accredited CAB combined ILAC MRA mark in its advertising, marketing programmes and documents (as it relates to activities which fall under the CABs scope of accreditation;
  9. Allow accredited CABs to use the accreditation symbol or the accredited CAB combined ILAC MRA mark only on test reports where 80% or more of the tests are accredited and clearly indicating which activities are accredited;
  10. Consider the views expressed of CABs expressed regarding the precise form and effective date of changes to accreditation requirements;
  11. Guide CABs, where requested, on how to obtain suitable information regarding traceability of measurement results, in relation to the scope for which accreditation is provided;

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17011:2017

    JANAAC has completed the transition to the revised ISO/IEC 17011 standard, as was demonstrated by the satisfactory results obtained from the most recent IAAC peer evaluation. As such, all our accreditation activities are being conducted in accordance with the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard.

    Notice of Transition to
    ISO/IEC 17025:2017

    ILAC, in consultation with ISO, agreed on a three-year period for laboratories that demonstrate conformity to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, to make the transition from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard. A joint ILAC-ISO communique was issued indicating the transition period would end on November 30, 2020. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, ILAC and ISO agreed to extend the transition period to June 1, 2021. Accordingly, JANAAC requires its accredited laboratories to make this transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard by June 1, 2021. After this date, accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will no longer be valid. During this transition period, both revisions of the standard are equally valid and applicable. JANAAC will no longer accept applications for accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard and is aiming to complete all transition assessments before September 30, 2020. All assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) are being conducted using the revised standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. All accredited and applicant testing and calibration laboratories must have copies of the revised standard and should be well advanced in updating their activities to satisfy the new requirements in order to meet the transition timelines. Please contact JANAAC for any further information and clarification required.