» Publications relating to accreditation of Certification Bodies

To gain accreditation, a certification body must be fully conversant and comply with the following relevant standards and supporting documents:

 

Joint IAF-ISO Communiqué

Joint IAF-ISO Communiqué on the publication and transition of ISO 9001:2015

  • All Certification Bodies

UKAS Publications

TPS 62

Management of Extraordinary Events or Circumstances Affecting UKAS accredited Certification Bodies and their Certified Organisations (Edition 2, August 2016)

Relevant European and International Publications

IAF MD 12: 2016

Accreditation Assessment of Conformity Assessment Bodies with Activities in Multiple Countries (Issue 2, 7 January 2016)

IAF MD 23: 2018

Control of Entities Operating on Behalf of Accredited Management Systems Certification Bodies (Issue 1, 8 May 2018)

 

  • Certification Bodies for Management Systems

To gain accreditation, a certification body must be fully conversant and comply with the relevant standard, which is:

ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems

UKAS Publications

CIS 3

UKAS Guidance for bodies operating certification of Trust Service Providers seeking approval under tScheme (Edition 3, April 2020)

CIS 9

UKAS Guidance for Certification Bodies Certifying Private Maritime Security Companies against ISO 28000 / ISO 28007-1:2015 (Edition 2, December 2019)

CIS 10

UKAS Guidance for Certification Bodies Certifying the Management Systems of Private Security Companies against ANSI/ASIS PSC1: 2012 (R2017) or ISO 18788: 2015 (Issue 2, November 2019)

CIS 14

UKAS Guidance for Bodies Offering Certification of Anti-Bribery Management Systems (Edition 1, September 2018)

CIS 16

UKAS Guidance for ISMS Certification Bodies Certifying Privacy against ISO/IEC 27701:2019 (Edition 2, November 2020)

TPS 65

UKAS Policy on Issuance of Accredited and non-accredited Certificates by Accredited Certification Bodies (Edition 2, July 2017)

TPS 66

UKAS Technical Policy Statement for the Implementation of IAF MD 17:2019, Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies (Edition 3, November 2020)

TPS 69

Accredited Certification of Competence Management Systems (CMS) (Edition 1, June 2020)

Relevant European and International Publications

IAF MD 1:  2018

Audit and Certification of a Management System Operated by a Multi-Site Organization (Issue 2, 29 January 2018)

IAF MD 2: 2017

Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems (Issue 2, 15 June 2017)

IAF MD 4: 2018

The Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes (Issue 2, 4 July 2018) - Application date 4 July 2019

IAF MD 5: 2015

Duration of QMS and EMS Audits (Issue 3, 9 June 2015) - SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 5: 2019

IAF MD 5: 2019

Determination of Audit Time of Quality, Environmental and Occupation Health and Safety Management Systems (Issue 4, 7 May 2019) - Application date 7 November 2020

IAF MD 8: 2017

Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2004 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485) (Issue 3, 9 June 2017) - SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 8: 2020

IAF MD 8: 2020

Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485) (Issue 4, 29 June 2020) - Application date 30 November 2020

IAF MD 9: 2017

Application of ISO/IEC 17021 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485) (Issue 3, 9 June 2017)

IAF MD 10: 2013

Assessment of Certification Body Management of Competence in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17021:2011 (Issue 1, 11 February 2013)

IAF MD 11: 2013

Application of ISO/IEC 17021 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems (IMS) (Issue 1, Version 3, December 2013) - SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 11: 2019

IAF MD 11: 2019

Application of ISO/IEC 17021 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems (IMS) (Issue 2, Version 2, 03 July 2019) - Application date 17 January 2021 

IAF MD 17: 2015

Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies (Issue 1, Version 2, 9 January 2015) - SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 17: 2019

IAF MD 17: 2019

Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies (Issue 2, 7 May 2019) - Application date 7 November 2020

IAF MD 21: 2018

Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007 (Issue 1, 18 January 2018)

IAF MD 22: 2018

Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS) (Issue 1, 25 January 2018) - SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 22: 2019

IAF MD 22: 2019

Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS) (Issue 2, 7 May 2019) - Application date 7 November 2020

EA-6/02 M: 2013

EA Guidelines on the use of EN 45011 and ISO/IEC 17021 for Certification to EN ISO 3834

EA-7/04 M: 2017

Legal Compliance as a Part of Accredited ISO 14001:2015 Certification (May 2017 Rev 03)

 

  • Certification Bodies for Persons

To gain accreditation, a certification body must be fully conversant and comply with the relevant standard, which is:

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

No specific publications

 
  • Certification Bodies for Products, Processes & Services

To gain accreditation, a certification body must be fully conversant and comply with the relevant standard, which is:

ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

UKAS Publications

CIS 7

UKAS Approach to Accreditation of Competent Person Scheme Operators (Edition 2, October 2019) - under review (draft in progress)

CIS 8

UKAS Approach to Accreditation of Green Deal Certification Bodies (Edition 1, July 2014)

CIS 13

Accreditation for the Certification of Security Activities incorporating the Security Industry Authority Regulator's Principles (Edition 1, February 2018)

Relevant European and International Publications

EA 3/12 M: 2013

EA Policy for the Accreditation of Organic Production Certification - SUPERSEDED BY EA-3/12 M: 2020 (see below)

EA-3/12 M: 2020

EA Policy for the Accreditation of Organic Production Certification - Implementation date: 1 January 2021

EA-6/02 M: 2013

EA Guidelines on the use of EN 45011 and ISO/IEC 17021 for Certification to EN ISO 3834

EA-6/04 M: 2011

EA guidelines on the accreditation of certification of primary sector products by means of sampling of sites

 
  • Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS): Council Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009

CIS 11

UKAS Supplement for the Accreditation of Environmental Verifiers for EMAS (the EU Eco-Management Audit Scheme Regulation 1221/2009) (Issue 1, September 2016)

CIS 12

UKAS Supervision of a Verifier Accredited in Another EU Member State (Issue 3, January 2017)

 

National Highways Sector Scheme for Quality Management in Highways Work

Until 31 March 2020, National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) publications were held on the UKAS website on the Publications relating to accreditation of Certification Bodies page. As of 1 April 2020, Lantra Awards is hosting NHSS publications. LINK.

 

Guidance in interpreting these standards has been published under international agreements and adopted by UKAS.

UKAS has also published or adopted other publications concerned with specialised aspects of certification.

Even if a publication is applicable to only part of a certification body’s activities, compliance with the requirements in the publication is still mandatory.

Certification bodies (including applicant CBs) and assessors/auditors must read the UKAS Publications List (M4), which can be accessed via the Publications home page, to check for publications with which they have to comply.

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