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BM TRADA - ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – The Changes Exova BM TRADA Client Communication

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – The Changes Exova BM TRADA Client Communication

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ISO/IEC 17021 is a global standard which contains the requirements and principles for the competence, consistency and impartiality of certification bodies, such as Exova BM TRADA for the provision of all types of management systems audits and certification.
ISO/IEC 17021 is one of the criteria used by accreditation bodies such as the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to audit against and grant accreditation to certification bodies.
A host of new complementary standards have been published to add to the generic certification body competence requirements presented in ISO/IEC 17021 for specific types of management systems. These include:
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-2 for environmental management systems
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-3 for quality management systems
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-4 for event sustainability management systems
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-5 for asset management systems
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-6 for business continuity management systems
• ISO/IEC TS 17021-7 for road traffic safety management systems.
There are also some additional standards that include scheme specific requirements:
• ISO TS 22003:2013 for Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)
• ISO/IEC 27006:2015 for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
• ISO 50003:2014 for Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
The latest ISO/IEC 17021 revision, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 was published in June 2015. The key changes to ISO 17021-1:2015 are as follows:

1. Certification Claims
Previously 17021:2011 prevented certified clients holding accredited management system certification from making reference of their certification on:
• products
• product packaging
• any other way that may be interpreted as product certification

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 now permits certified clients to place a statement on product packaging with accompanying information. The statement must include references to:
• identification (e.g. brand or name) of the certified client;
• the type of management system (e.g. quality, environment); the applicable standard;
• the certification body issuing the certificate.
• The statement shall in no way imply that the product, process or service is certified.
It is important to note that ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 does not allow management system certification marks and claims to be applied onto the product or product packaging directly as this implies product certification and is misleading. This is a requirement that has not changed from the existing ISO 17021:2011 version of the standard.

2. Verification of Corrective Action(s) and closure of Major nonconformities issued at the stage two audit

If the Certification Body is unable to verify effective correction and corrective action, and ultimately close any Major nonconformities issued at the stage two certification audit within 6 months after the audit, then another Stage 2 audit shall be conducted.

3. Recertification Following Certification Expiry

It is an ISO/IEC 17021 requirement that at recertification, the certification body must complete all recertification activities (namely the recertification audit, closure of any major NCRs issued, and completion of the recertification decision) prior to expiry of clients existing certification, to ensure continuity of certification.
Where any rectification activities are not completed prior to expiry, and the certificate expires, the revised ISO 17021-1:2015 standard now allows a 6 month period following expiry, for completion of any outstanding rectification activities and recertify the client.
If the certificate expires, upon completion of the recertification activities the new certificate shall identify the gap in certification and will clearly indicate:
• The current certification cycle certificate start and expiry date
• The last certification cycle expiry date
• The date of the re-certification audit
Following the 6 month period, if any recertification activities are still not completed a stage 2 audit will be required.

5. Extension of Certification Validity

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 makes it clear that a certificate cannot be extended beyond the certification cycle. For example if the recertification audit is not completed or any major nonconformities closed by the current certificate expiry date, then recertification cannot be recommended and the validity of the current certification cannot be extended.

6. Auditing of Shift Work

A new requirement states that certification body audit programs for their clients must consider the shift work of the certified organisation. The activities which take place on all shifts shall be taken into consideration in audit programmes and plans. If you operate shift working this new requirement may impact upon your existing audit duration and the audit times.

8. Transfer of Certification between Accredited Certification Bodies

A new requirement places more emphasis on the gathering of documented information by the receiving Certification Body. It stresses that sufficient information regarding the current certification must be obtained by the receiving certification body to make a certification decision and ultimately transfer the certification.

9. Surveillance Audit Frequency

The first surveillance audit following initial certification must be completed not more than 12 months after the certification decision date. Exova BM TRADA will schedule the first surveillance audit to be completed nine months after the certification decision date. Failure to complete the first surveillance within 12 months will result in the certificate being suspended.
Following the first surveillance audit ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 makes it clear that subsequent surveillance audits must be conducted at least once yearly.
Following the first surveillance audit Exova BM TRADA will schedule all subsequent surveillance audits in the certification cycle to be completed based on the 12 month anniversary of the first surveillance audit. For scheduling purposes with our clients a flexibility of three months earlier or later is permissible providing that the surveillance audit is completed within the calendar year.
Any surveillance audits not completed within the 15 month anniversary of the previous surveillance audit / within the calendar year will result in the certificate being suspended.

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