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

General Criteria for CAB Accreditation

August 19, 2020

All conformity assessment bodies (CABs) seeking to be accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) shall fulfil the following criteria:

1. The applicant CAB or the organization that it is a part of, shall be an entity that can be held legally responsible for its conformity assessment activities, with a clearly defined management structure, and where applicable, a description of its place in its parent organization, the relationships between management, technical operations and support services, as necessary, and the appointed deputies for key managerial positions clearly indicated.

A governmental conformity assessment bodies is deemed to be a legal entity on the basis of its governmental status

2. The applicant CAB shall be able to demonstrate compliance to the relevant legislative requirements for its operation.

3. The applicant CAB shall demonstrate the ability to operate and maintain a facility that is capable of performing the activity(ies) for which accreditation is being requested, according to the requirements of the applicable international standard (ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 or ISO/IEC 17021-1 and all relevant parts of ISO/IEC 17021, as well as any other standard that is specifically related to the activities of the CAB).

4. The management system of the applicant CAB shall be appropriate to the scope of its activities for which accreditation is being sought and shall cover the operations at its permanent site(s), sites away from its permanent facilities, its temporary and mobile sites and at client sites.

5. The applicant CAB shall have competent staff with proven knowledge of the relevant standards, professional ethics, policy, procedures, techniques or methods and other requirements for the effective implementation of the facility’s operations. Further, the CAB shall be structured administratively to ensure its capability to maintain accurate records and provide adequate and accurate reports.

6. Where the applicant CAB is a part of an organization that performs activities other than those for which accreditation is being sought, the responsibilities of the key personnel which influence decisions regarding results for which the CAB is responsible shall be clearly defined, so as to identify and eliminate potential conflicts of interest and prevent adverse influence on the CAB’s conformance with the applicable international standard.

7. The applicant CAB shall define and describe the conformity assessment activities for which it conforms with the standard that governs its operations.

i. Where the applicant is an inspection body, the applicant inspection body shall declare its inspection activities in accordance with the selection provided in Annex A to ISO/IEC 17020 as either a Type A, or Type B or Type C inspection body.

ii. Where the applicant CAB is a certification body, the applicant CB shall indicate the type of management system or product or other scheme for which auditing and certification are provided and the standard or other normative document to which certification is provided.

8. The applicant CAB shall be equipped with the resources, facilities, documented requirements, standards, policies and procedures to efficiently carry out the conformity assessment activities in the fields for which accreditation is being sought. This does not preclude the appropriate use of outside facilities.

9. The applicant CAB shall have documented effective procedures for maintaining accurate and acceptable records, reporting data resulting from its conformity assessment activities, maintaining appropriate confidentiality, maintaining standards of accuracy, consideration and resolution of appeals and disputes, ensuring the protection of customers’ confidential information and proprietary rights, including the storage and transmission of this information.

10. The conformity assessment body shall demonstrate impartiality in the conduct of all conformity assessment activities. Actions shall be taken to identify, analyze, and where applicable minimize or eliminate risks to impartiality and maintain adequate documentation of the actions taken.

11. The applicant and accredited CAB shall have, where applicable, a legally enforceable arrangement with its own clients to provide on request, access to the JANAAC assessment teams to assess the CAB’s performance while carrying out conformity assessment activities at the clients’ premises.

12. The applicant and accredited CAB shall abide by the requirements of the accreditation programme of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation, including allowing the examination of records, procedures and other documentation relevant to the area(s) for which accreditation is being sought and shall allow JANAAC to carry out the required verification of the accuracy of results and reporting, as necessary for obtaining and maintaining accreditation.

13. The applicant CAB shall abide by the decisions from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation and operate in a manner that will not cause a lack of confidence in its competence, impartiality, judgment or operational integrity, or cause its accreditation status and/or the accreditation programme to be brought into disrepute. Where the CAB is dissatisfied with actions taken by JANAAC, the CAB may lodge a complaint or appeal, following the procedure for complaints and appeals. This procedure is available on the JANAAC website.

14. JANAAC reserves the right to reject the application or terminate the assessment process if at any time there is evidence of fraudulent behavior, provision of false information or the concealment of information.

* Proof of purchase of the relevant standard (ISO/IEC 17020; ISO/IEC17025; ISO 15189; ISO/IEC 17021-1 and any other standard relevant to certification its activities) is required

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.