Provisional transition 17024

20-12-2012

Provisional RvA transition policy regarding the transition of the accreditation of certification of persons to ISO/IEC 17024:2012

1 IAF decision

IAF has decided that the transitional period for accreditation of certification persons from ISO/IEC 17024:2003 to ISO/IEC 17024:2012 is three years after the date of publication of the new standard.
The new standard ISO/IEC 17024:2012 has been published on 1 July 2012. This means that from 1 July 2015 on no valid accreditations against the standard ISO/IEC 17024:2003 may exist.

2 Differences between ISO/IEC 17024:2003 and ISO/IEC 17024:2012

ISO has announced that it will publish a document which will list the changes of the requirements in the new standard compared to the requirements in the withdrawn standard. That publication is of fundamental importance in order to be able to estimate what the actual changes of the requirements are.
IAF will draw up an Informative Document regarding the transition.
We will finalize our transition policy after the publication of the ISO document, and after the publication of the IAF Informative Document.

3 Deadlines and data

Regarding deadlines and data RvA has elaborated the following transitional provisions for the introduction of the ISO/IEC 17024:2012:

For accredited certification institutions:

• After 1 April 2013 accreditation assessments at accredited certification bodies will be conducted against ISO/IEC 17024:2012, with the focus on the new requirements which are according to the ISO publication referred to above, are an increase to the requirements of the withdrawn standard.
• Nonconformities and the assessment of corrective actions will be dealt with according to the provisions of section 4 of this publication.

For certification bodies which have applied for accreditation or will apply:

• until 1 July 2013 the applicant has the choice between ISO/IEC 17024:2003 or ISO/IEC 17024:2012.
• After 1 July 2013 all applications have to be against ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

4 Nonconformities against the new requirements

All nonconformities against the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 that would be no nonconformity against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2003 will be raised as "(B)".
Until 1 January 2015 the certification body has the opportunity to take corrective actions, and to report thereon to the RvA (see RvA-B004). RvA will assess these actions before 1 April 2015 and take accreditation decisions before 1 July 2015.

5 Accreditation statements

All existing accreditations referring to ISO/IEC 17024:2003 will be withdrawn no later than 1 July 2015. If the RvA 2015 cannot confirm compliance with the new standard before 1 July 2015 no new accreditation for ISO/IEC 17024:2012 will be granted.
The RvA accreditation will be a new statement, with reference to ISO/IEC 17024:2012, only after we have determined that the certification body is in compliance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012, and after a positive decision has been. Until then accreditation statements will refer to ISO/IEC 17024:2003. A certification body may choose the transition to accelerate the transition to the new ISO/IEC 17024:2012 by requesting to be assessed against the new standard earlier then the regular accreditation assessment.

For questions about the new ISO/IEC 17024 and the transitional policy please contact Paul Schröeder (paul.schroeder@rva.nl)