Implementation of ISO/IEC 17020:2012


Dear relation,

On March 1st 2012 the new version of the ISO/IEC 17020 "Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections" has been published. This ISO/IEC 17020: 2012 is the successor of the ISO/IEC 17020: 1998. The new standard is now available from the national standardisation bodies (in the Netherlands this is NEN).

In July 2012 the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has decided that the transitional period will be 3 years from the date of publication of the new standard. This means that the transition period will end on February 28th 2015.

The RvA applies the new ISO/IEC 17020: 2012 from March 1st 2013 in all its accreditation assessments of inspection bodies.

The RvA has published its policy for the approach of the transition from the ISO/IEC 17020: 1998 to the newly published standard in the explanatory document RvA-T035 “Implementation of ISO/IEC 17020:2012”.
Click here for explanatory document RvA-T035.

Also the document RvA-F095 “Cross Reference RvA items” has been amended to include the new standard.
Click here for form RvA-F095.

If you have any questions about this subject, you can contact our expertise holder ISO/IEC 17020, Ger Nijhoff: 030 2394500,; or our Coordinator for accreditation of inspection bodies Lindsay Peek, 030 2394545,