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EA, ILAC and IAF Guides and Guidelines

As the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) performs accreditation in keeping with the procedures, guides and guidelines of the EA (European co-operation for Accreditation) and/or ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and/or IAF (International Accreditation Forum), this page provides the list and classification of their publications.

Please note that these documents can be downloaded free of charge from their websites (EA, ILAC and IAF update their websites on a regular basis).

The following classification of EA documents was made in keeping with EA 1/14 Procedure for Development and Approval of EA Documents and the Adoption of ILAC/IAF Documents:

Peer Evaluation Process documents

Include policy and procedural documents for the operation of the EA peer evaluation system and documents relating to the management of the peer evaluation process, training of the evaluators and liaisons with the Arrangement Committees of ILAC and IAF.

Members' Procedural documents

Include procedures, requirements, etc. applying to EA members, and application documents for Accreditation Bodies. These documents are either: Mandatory (M)1 or Guidance (G)2 or Informative (INF)2.

EA Governance and Policy documents

Include documents such as the Articles of Association, Rules of Procedure and other documents relating to the operation of EA as a legal entity. Document numbers with an “A” are relevant for the Association EA, while document numbers with an "AB" are relevant for members of EA.

Application and Technical/Advisory documents

Include documents used by Conformity Assessment Bodies that provide technical or scientific guidance for the application of standards. These documents are either: Mandatory (M)1 or Guidance (G)2 Informative (INF)2 or Technical/Advisory (TA).

Secretariat Management System and related documents

Include documents used by the Secretariat that will be made available to the members for information. These documents are prepared and published by the Secretariat under the management of the EA Executive.

Information and promotional documents

Include information and promotional publications such as EA brochures, annual reports, activity reports and other information on EA and its activities. These documents are prepared by the EA Secretariat or EA Committees/Councils.

Mandatory documents1 shall be implemented by EA member accreditation bodies for use in their accreditation systems. Their implementation will be assessed as part of the EA MLA peer evaluation process. They are required to be used by accreditation bodies when accrediting CABs to ensure that they operate their programmes in a consistent and equivalent manner. EA Mandatory Documents do not establish, interpret, subtract from or add to the requirements of any ISO/IEC/EN Guides and Standards or other technical specifications and normative documents, but assure consistent application of those documents.

Guidance/informative documents2 typically provide technical or scientific guidance and recommended examples on how to fulfil the criteria.

Note: Moreover, Accreditation Body signatories to the EA MLA, as well as signatories to the ILAC or IAF agreements, are obliged to comply with international documents adopted by ILAC and IAF containing globally accepted criteria for application of standards and specifications.

The following classification of ILAC documents was made in keeping with ILAC-R1:09/2009 Classification and Publication of ILAC Documents:

ILAC-G

Guidance documents for accreditation bodies and accredited organisations. These guidance documents may provide information on the interpretation of the accreditation criteria for specific applications. Use of the documents in this category is voluntary for ILAC members.

ILAC-P

Procedural and policy documents for the operation of the ILAC Arrangement, and which form part of the criteria for ILAC Arrangement evaluations. Use of the documents in this category is mandatory for ILAC MRA signatories and for the ILAC peer evaluation process.

ILAC-R

Rules (Requirements) documents including the Articles and Bylaws and other documents covering the operation of ILAC as an incorporated entity. The rules and requirements included in the documents in this category are mandatory for all ILAC members and office bearers.

IAF/ILAC-A

Joint IAF and ILAC documents used for the evaluation of regions, unaffiliated bodies and inspection bodies. Use of the documents in this category is mandatory for ILAC MRA signatories and for the ILAC peer evaluation process.

The following classification of IAF documents was made in keeping with IAF PR 2:2012 General Procedures for the Development of IAF Documents:

IAF Policy Documents (PL Series)

Set out the policies, including governance requirements that IAF Members are expected to follow as well as statements of the IAF viewpoint on current issues. These include the IAF Bylaws, the Memorandum of Understanding, and similar policy publications.

IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Documents (ML Series)

Publications which define and formalise the rules and commitments for membership and the operation of the IAF MLA.

Guidance Documents (GD Series)

Guidance for the use of Accreditation Bodies to assure that they operate their programmes for Certification Bodies in an equivalent manner.

IAF Mandatory Documents (MD Series)

Mandatory requirements to be implemented by Accreditation Bodies when accrediting Certification bodies to ensure consistent application.

IAF Procedure Documents (PR Series)

Publications which lay down the requirements to be followed in implementing the IAF programme, spelling out the procedures, and processes which must be followed in order to achieve IAF objectives.

IAF-ILAC Joint Publications (A Series)

Joint IAF and ILAC documents used for the evaluation of regions, unaffiliated bodies and inspection bodies. Use of the documents in this category is mandatory for ILAC MRA signatories and for the ILAC peer evaluation process.