Jul 12, 2020 Last Updated 3:13 PM, Apr 24, 2020

Steps Towards Becoming an Accredited CAB

Conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as laboratories and inspection bodies, verify conformity to standards through their conformity assessment activities. Your CAB can demonstrate its credibility and ability to produce accurate, reliable results by becoming accredited by JANAAC. Accreditation is based on international standards and guidelines with the precise requirements being based on the area of work for which your laboratory is pursuing accreditation.

By carrying out the following steps, your CAB can become accredited, once it fulfils the requirements of the applicable standard:

1. The Application – The CAB submits the completed Application Form and Questionnaire, its Management System Manual, other required documents and fee to JANAAC;

2. Document Review – JANAAC conducts a review of the applicant’s submitted documents and may make requests for additional information and/or clarifications;

3. The On-Site Initial Assessment – JANAAC’s team of assessors visit the CAB to evaluate the level of conformance of its equipment, methods and staff to the required standards, thereby verifying the CAB’s competence;

4. Follow-up Verification Activities – If nonconformities are identified, corrective action is requested and assessors carry out follow-up visits or other activities to verify the effectiveness of the corrective action implemented by the CAB;

5. Approval – The assessors produce a report on the assessment of the CAB including a recommendation about whether or not to grant the accreditation. This is reviewed by JANAAC’s Accreditation Council and a final decision made whether or not to grant the accreditation;

6. Accreditation – Upon approval, a licence to use the relevant accreditation symbol(s) is granted to the CAB for four years, agreement documents are signed and a notice of the accreditation is posted on JANAAC’s website;

7. Surveillance Visits and Re-Assessment – During the four-year accreditation cycle, three annual surveillance visits are conducted. At the end of the cycle, in the fourth year, a re-assessment visit is done. These visits are conducted to verify the maintenance, of the CAB’s scope of accreditation.

We look forward to working with you towards earning the recognition of your organization’s competence for the selected scope of conformity assessment activities through accreditation.

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.