Reaccreditation

REACCREDITATION

An accredited conformity assessment body wishing to renew its accreditation shall inform ATS in writing thereof at least 9 months prior to the expiry of the current accreditation and it shall submit the application for accreditation with accompanying documentation. As a general rule, reassessment performed during accreditation renewal shall be performed at least 6 months before the expiry of accreditation validity period. If, for justified reasons, the accredited conformity assessment body does not submit the Application for renewal of accreditation with accompanying documentation 3 months before the expiration of the valid accreditation, the ATS will not implement the accreditation renewal process, and the conformity assessment body can file an Application for Accreditation, which will be settled in accordance with Chapter 4 of these Rules. Reassessment shall be carried out in the same manner as the initial assessment, whereas preliminary visit will not be performed.

Accreditation renewal decision-making shall be performed in the same manner as accreditation granting decision-making.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision not to renew accreditation.

If an accredited conformity assessment body submitted an application to ATS to renew accreditation within the defined deadline, and a decision on accreditation renewal was not made before the expiry of the current accreditation and when the delay was caused by ATS, the ATS Director can make a decision on extending the accreditation validity period until the decision-making on accreditation renewal and that shall not be longer than 3 months from the expiry of the current accreditation.