» IAF and EA Questions and Decisions

09 June, 2014

IAF Decision Log

Technical queries submitted to the IAF are discussed within the relevant Committees or Working Groups to reach a consensus view, and then forwarded for consideration by the Technical Committee (TC) who will aim to ratify them as IAF Decisions. Decisions made by the IAF TC are maintained in the IAF TC Searchable Decision Log which is now publicly accessible through the IAF website http://www.iaf.nu/articles/Documents_for_General_Information_/29

It is important to understand the intention and purpose of these decisions; they represent the consensus view of the IAF TC following discussions at each TC meeting. They are not formal interpretations of the requirements of the conformity assessment standards but are intended to clarify the agreed approach to specific technical issues and situations, usually following questions raised by an IAF member or stakeholder organisation.  

Accreditation Bodies and Conformity Assessment Bodies are expected to give due cognisance to these decisions when assessing specific situations, therefore UKAS assessors will be aware of them and may refer to them during assessment activities. The log is updated as decisions are ratified at the scheduled IAF TC meetings (normally every 6 months); please be aware that questions discussed at one TC meeting will not be ratified and finalised until the following meeting.

It is recommended that Conformity Assessment Bodies should make themselves aware of this log and its contents, and review the log on a regular basis.

EA FAQs

The individual EA technical committees have a process in place for reviewing and agreeing consensus answers to questions raised by members and stakeholders. Final consensus views on the questions raised are discussed and agreed at the scheduled committee meetings (held twice per year) with the results available to members and stakeholders to further disseminate: The EA does not currently have a mechanism in place for publishing these on its public website but this is being worked on.

UKAS monitors these FAQs and will feedback to accredited CABs and stakeholders any significant ones through technical bulletins or direct communication as the need arises.

As with the IAF Decisions, the EA FAQs are intended as a consensus view of the members and are not official interpretations of the standard.

If you have any queries regarding this bulletin, please contact the UKAS Technical Manager - Kevin Belson at kevin.belson@ukas.com