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Information For Certification Bodies Certifying Management Systems

Accreditation body of Serbia made changes in Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA, ATS-PA04. Rules are conformed to the changes in international documents: ILAC-R7:05/2015, Rules for the Use of the ILAC MRA Mark, IAF ML 2:2016, General principles on the use of the IAF MLA mark и EA-1/19 A: 2015, Rules for Use of the EA Logo, as well as IAF Resolutions (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 and IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9).

Conforming to IAF General Assembly (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10) accredited certification bodies (when using accreditation symbol and/or combined mark or textual reference to accreditation, if applicable) cannot issue certificates of conformity without accreditation symbol/ reference to accreditation/IAF MLA mark (if applicable) for areas which they are accredited for in line with the granted Scope of accreditation.      

Based on the IAF General Assembly Resolution (IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9) it shall be deemed that the document for management systems certificates were issued by the process of accreditation if they have an accreditation symbol and/or refer to accreditation in the text and/or combined mark (if applicable).

Certification bodies that certify the management systems:

(1) must coordinate (conform) that the certification documents contain a symbol of accreditation or refer to accreditation at the time of making the decision about the recertification at the latest until the 6th November 2019

(2) during the process of making the decision on initial accreditation, i.e. the extension of the scope of accreditation for the new standard, starting 6th November 2019, certification bodies, which certificate the management systems must re-issue, previously issued non-accredited documents of certification in a period of one year until the date of making the final decision about accreditation.

Note: If there is an exception from the previous paragraph, the certification body’s Client, which certifies the management systems must justify this exception to both the certification body as well as to the accreditation body, and if they reach agreement between both parties, the certification in question will be considered to be accredited.