Sep 28, 2020 Last Updated 3:49 PM, Sep 16, 2020

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 CAB’s written procedures, relevant legislation or JANAAC’s 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 CAB’s make a formal application for accreditation;
  4. Assess the CAB’s 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 CAB’s 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 CAB’s name, address and accredited services, on the JANAAC website, etc.;
  8. Allow accredited CAB’s 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 CAB’s scope of accreditation;
  9. Allow accredited CAB’s 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 CAB’s 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 is currently in transition to the new ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard. As such, all our accredited CABs and new applications will be informed in a timely manner of any accreditation requirements which may be affected. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.

    Notice of Transition to
    ISO/IEC 17025:2017

    ILAC, in consultation with ISO, has 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 communique has been issued in this regard. JANAAC, in keeping with this communique, requires its accredited laboratories to make this transition by November 30, 2020. 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. Testing and calibration laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard up to December 31, 2018, in which case, initial assessments must be conducted by March 31, 2019. After December 31, 2018, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. After March 31, 2019, all assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) will be conducted using the revised standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. If the date of reassessment or interim on-site assessment (surveillance) occurs before Nov 30, 2020, and after December 31, 2018 the laboratory will be assessed against the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, in accordance with international practice. All accredited and applicant testing and calibration laboratories are required to purchase a copy of the revised standard at the earliest opportunity and to commence the transition process. Please contact JANAAC for any further information and clarification required.