Changes in the RvA policy rules BR004 en BR005

23-03-2015

The RvA has recently changed two policy rules, BR004 and BR005. Below, a summary of the most important changes.

Policy rule BR004

This policy rule, describing how the RvA deals with non-conformities that are raised by the RvA assessment teams, is adjusted following the experiences of recent years with:

  • the use of different categories of non-conformities

  • the follow-up assessments to verify the corrective actions of bodies.

The changes in BR004 are especially important for the assessment teams that categorize and report the non-conformities raised during our assessments and that perform the follow-up assessments. For accredited bodies is particularly important that a better explanation about what is meant by the analysis of cause and extent of non-conformities, and the conditions under which a non-conformities may be closed. Regarding the process for follow-up assessment is better describes what happens if the non-conformities after the follow-up assessment cannot be closed immediately.

Download the latest version of BR004 here.

Policy rule BR005

BR005 policy deals with the manner in which the RvA implements the accreditation oversight at accredited bodies and has been modified to clarify the policies of the RvA on the scope and content of surveillance and reassessments.

The term accreditation cycle is introduced in the new version of BR005 describing in more detail the scope and content of the surveillance assessments and the reassessments in such a cycle. Also it is made more concrete on what conditions the regular frequency and content of the assessments may change in a more intensive or less intensive assessment program. An important addition to BR005 consists of the description of the documents that the RvA needs for the various reviews.

Download the latest version of BR005 here.

Implementation

Given the nature of the changes in both policy rules, a transition period for the implementation is not required. The changes are effective immediately for the assessments carried out after the formal publication of the amended policy rules.