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

Procedure for Award or Extension of Scope of Accreditation


Sept. 28, 2018

1.0 Purpose and Scope

1.1 The purpose of this procedure is to describe the process for the award or extension of the scope of accreditation of a conformity assessment body (CAB).

1.2 This procedure is applicable in all instances of the award or extension of the scope of accreditation of a CAB by JANAAC.

2.0 Actions

2.1 Award of Accreditation Scope

2.1.1 On completion of the CAB’s assessment and preparation of the final report by the team leader (TL), the JANAAC CEO makes a recommendation to JANAAC’s Accreditation Evaluation Committee (AEC), as described in the JANAAC Procedure for Implementation of the Accreditation Process.

2.1.2 The AEC meeting is convened to review the reports and take a decision on the accreditation of the CAB for the requested scope.

2.1.3 The CEO then informs the CAB in writing through the JANAAC Accreditation Administrator (AA) of the status of the accreditation process.

2.1.4 The AEC minutes, scope of accreditation, lead assessor (LA) report and Summary Table of Assessment Findings are then forwarded to the JANAAC Accreditation Council for ratification of the accreditation decision.

2.1.5 The CEO then informs the CAB in writing of the decision of the AEC regarding the award of the accreditation scope through the AA. The JANAAC accreditation manager (AM) then communicates the decision to the TL.

2.1.6 The accreditation package is then prepared by the AA. This package consists of the approved scope of accreditation confirmed by the TL/senior lead assessor (SLA), the accreditation validity period, as well as the Licence Agreement and Accreditation Certificate. A certificate is prepared for each field of conformity assessment. On completion of the review of the licence agreement and certificate(s), the AM delivers them to the CEO for approval.

2.1.7 The AA, delivers the required copies of the licence agreement and supporting documentation to the CAB for review and signing. One copy of the signed and sealed licence agreement is returned by the CAB to JANAAC for filing

2.1.8 The CAB is presented with their accreditation certificate and an electronic copy of the relevant accreditation symbol or the Accredited CAB Combined ILAC MRA Mark, after verification that all outstanding bills have been paid. A copy of the certificate and its attachments are placed on the accredited CAB’s file.

2.1.9 Where media coverage or photo opportunity is agreed with the CAB, the necessary arrangements are made by the CEO’s Office. The AA and JANAAC information technology officer (ITO) update the CAB file and JANAAC’s website respectively.


2.2 Extension of Accreditation Scope

2.2.1 An accredited CAB may apply for a scope extension at any time.

2.2.2 The AM receives the application form for extension of the scope of accreditation, and passes the application to the AA for registration.

2.2.3 The AA updates the file(s) for the applicant and submits them to the assigned team leader.

2.2.4 The TL processes the application and, where appropriate, makes arrangements for and conducts the assessment, completes the assessment and recommendation reports and submits them to the CEO through the AM for recommendation regarding the decision as described in the Procedure for Implementation of the Accreditation Process.

2.2.5 In making arrangements for scope extension, JANAAC, where feasible, seeks to incorporate the assessment of this extended scope during the next scheduled visit. In such cases, the CABs are required to submit their application at least three (3) months prior to the visit. In preparing for and conducting the assessment of the extended scope, the results from the most recent full assessment of the CAB are taken into consideration.

2.2.6 The accreditation documents are prepared as described in sections 2.1.3 – 2.1.9 above.


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.