Dec 02, 2020 Last Updated 5:17 PM, Oct 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 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.