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Information of Special Importance to Certification Bodies Providing Certification of Persons

19th April 2017

Information for CABs about change of rules in ATS

In February 2017, the Accreditation body of Serbia (ATS) made amendments in two documents: 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 (technical correction published on ATS website on 19th April 2017) and Cross-frontier Accreditation Rules ATS-PA05 in order to conform them with the following changes in international documents:

- ATS-PA04, Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA are completely in compliance with the requirements of 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 and EA-1/19 A:2015, Rules for Use of the EA Logo, as well as IAF resolutions (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 и IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9).

One of the significant changes refers to application of the decision by IAF GA (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 и IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9) which obligated CABs certifying management systems to use accreditation symbol on conformity assessment certificates for fields they are accredited for, in accordance with the granted Scope of accreditation.

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.

Point 2.2 of the document EA Rules for Use of the EA Logo EA-1/19 A:2015 stipulates that conformity assessment bodies accredited by EA members are not allowed to use EA logo. If you use EA logo on your website, it is vital that the logo be removed if you published it and the proof/information about it be sent to ATS to following email: office@ats.rs

Likewise, should you be interested in promoting international status of ATS as a signatory to the ЕА MLA/MRA and full member of international accreditation organisations (EA, ILAC, IAF), you can do so by putting the link to e.g. ATS logo which will direct to the ATS internet page containing the text about ATS status and international recognition (http://www.ats.rs/en/pages/international-organisations-and-agreements) – About us/International organizations and agreements and pursuant to point 3.2.1 of the Rules for the Use of ATS Logo ATS-PA07 which defines that “ATS logo may, upon request, be approved for use for other purposes, in adverts, articles, publications, on fairs, exhibitions, conferences/seminars and websites of other organizations.”

АТS-PА05, Cross-frontier Accreditation Rules  which defines ATS policy applied when accrediting conformity assessment bodies with the head office outside the Republic of Serbia or CABs established in the Republic of Serbia having sites and/or key activities in another country, and the policy related to cooperation with other accreditation bodies in case of cross-frontier accreditation; these Rules are fully in compliance with the requirements of EA- 2/13 М:2012, ILAC-G21:09/2012 and Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008 and they are additionally updated with the explanations of definitions concerning cross-frontier accreditation laid out in the document EA- 2/13 S1.

5th November 2013

Assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012

Following the 18th April 2013 information we hereby inform you that on 15.10.2013 the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) commenced performing assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. However, it shall not accept new applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 from this date onwards. Certification bodies (CBs) providing certification of persons the SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 assessments of which have already started will be given a possibility to choose the edition of the standard to be used for the finalisation of the assessment procedure. After 01.06.2014 ATS shall no longer grant accreditations as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005.

Assessments of accredited CBs operating certification of persons in terms of transition/approximation to or harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments but no later than 01.02.2015. With that end in view ATS will harmonise its assessment activities with each accredited CB.

Prior to each assessment for the purpose of transition/approximation to or harmonisation with the new edition of the standard ATS will ask CBs to submit “gap” analysis/implementation plan so that CBs can show the mode in which they implemented the new 2012 standard requirements. This document will be used by the ATS assessment teams when performing assessments.

After 01.07.2015 accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 shall no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to accredited CBs operating certification of persons that fail to adapt to the new edition of the standard shall no longer be valid.

18th April 2013

SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons

New edition of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons was published on 1st July 2012.

Hence the International Accredirtation Forum (IAF) made a decision that a transitional period for the application of the new edition of ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC 17024:2012, should be 3 years from the date of issue which means that all conformity assessment bodies accredited as per ISO/IEC 17024:2003 should, by 01.07.2015, harmonise their activities with ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

When compared with the previous edition of the standard the following important changes were made:

  • Restructuring of the standard based on a common structure adopted by ISO/CASCO,
  • Modifications based on the following standards ISO/PAS 17001, ISO/PAS 17002, ISO/PAS 17003, ISO/PAS 17004 and ISO/PAS 17005,
  • Upgrade taking into account elements of IAF GD24:2009 guidance document,
  • Revision of terms and definitions.

On 24th September 2012 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. This edition of the standard repeals and replaces SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005.

ATS planned all activities and carried out all of them (change in the management system documents, training of assessors and persons participating in decision-making) in order to harmonise the accreditation of certification bodies operating certification of persons as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

ATS will commence performing assessments as per the new edition of the standard by 15th October 2013 at the latest. Exact date of assessments as per the new edition of the standard and detailed information about transition to the new edition of the standard will be published at a later stage by ATS.
 
In the meantime, CABs wishing to harmonise their mode of operation with the requirements of the new edition of the standard are recommended to identify changes to be made so that they could adapt to the new edition of the standard, and to produce an implementation plan for the transition to the new edition of the standard.
 
Assessments of accredited CBs operating certification of persons in terms of transition/approximation/harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments.
 
After 01.07.2015 accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 shall no longer be valid.