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Suspension of Accreditation

SUSPENSION OF ACCREDITATION

SUSPENSION OF ACCREDITATION ON REQUEST

An accredited conformity assessment body can, during the accreditation validity period, ask ATS to suspend accreditation either for part or entire scope of accreditation that was granted due to temporary inability to perform accredited conformity assessment activities with observance of accreditation criteria and the requirements of reference standards for accreditation. The requested suspension can be granted for up to 6 months maximum. An accredited conformity assessment body should, in the form of a written request, ask, at least two months before the accreditation suspension period expiry, for the suspension to be terminated.

Accreditation suspension may be withdrawn on the basis of the results of an assessment that was carried out or on the basis of submitted evidence confirming elimination of circumstances that caused the suspension.

If no conditions allowing the termination of suspension are met, ATS shall reduce the scope of accreditation to match the suspension level that was approved or withdraw accreditation if a decision to suspend accreditation in full was made.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to reduce the accreditation scope or withdraw accreditation.

The duration of the suspension does not affect the accreditation validity period.

COMPULSORY SUSPENSION

ATS can suspend the accreditation on the basis of results of surveillance activities, nonobservance of contractual obligations, assessment results or on the basis of the proposal of the Accreditation Committee.

This suspension may last for up to 6 months maximum and can include part or entire scope of accreditation. Exceptionally, if accreditation is a prerequisite for designation/ authorization, and there is a change in the regulations governing the subject area of conformity assessment, ATS can issue a new decision on the suspension of accreditation for more For a maximum of six months, until the conformity assessment body adapts to the altered regulations. An accredited conformity assessment body should, in the form of a written request, request, at least two months before the accreditation suspension period expiry, the suspension to be terminated. Compulsory suspension can be withdrawn on the basis of the results of an extraordinary surveillance assessment or on the basis of adequate evidence that was submitted confirming elimination of circumstances that caused the suspension.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision on compulsory suspension.

The duration of the suspension does not affect the accreditation validity period.