Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communiqué


A communiqué clarifying the relationship between ISO 9001 and the management systems requirements of ISO/IEC 17020 has been agreed between ILAC, IAF and ISO.  The IAF- ILAC - ISO communiqué on ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation was issued in response to a request from the ILAC Inspection Committee to reinforce the fact that inspection bodies accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 operate a recognized management system:

"An inspection body's fulfilment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 means the Inspection body meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid inspection results. The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17020:2012 (Section 8) are written in language relevant to inspection body operations and are aligned with the pertinent requirements of ISO 9001."