Introduction of ISO/IEC 17021:2011


On February 1st, 2011 the new international standard ISO/IEC 17021:2011 is published. In the Netherlands NEN published this standard as NEN-EN-ISO/IEC 17021:2011. The first version of this standard was published in 2006. In this new version, the principles of the first version are maintained. Furthermore, the criteria in which previously was referred to ISO 19011 are now included in the new version of this standard. Also, the principles mentioned in the 2006 version for the competence of auditors are expanded and explained. Also, new requirements were introduced relating to managing and conducting audits.

ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have decided to apply an international transitional period of two years, so at the latest until February 1st, 2013.
The Dutch Accreditation Council RvA will soon announce how the transition to this new version of the standard will be designed and what requirements and deadlines will be handled.
ISO and IAF have published a joint communiqué on the implementation of the transition to the new version of the standard.

Refer to IAF and ISO communiqué and the websites of NEN (, ISO ( and IAF ( for further information.