BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 Conformity assessment. Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

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BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012

Conformity assessment. Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

Status : Current, Under review   Published : October 2012



Certification of products, processes or services is a means of providing assurance that they comply with specified requirements in standards and other normative documents. Some certification schemes may include initial testing or assessment of its supplier’s quality management systems, followed by surveillance that takes into account the quality management system. Other schemes rely on initial testing and surveillance testing, while still others comprise type testing only.

The overall aim of certifying products, processes or services is to give confidence to all interested that the product will fulfil specified requirements. The value of certification therefore is the degree of confidence and trust that is established by a third party which acts as a competent demonstration of fulfilment.

This International Standard specifies requirements; the observance of which is intended to ensure that certification bodies operate certification schemes in a competent, consistent and impartial manner. As a result, this facilitates the recognition of such bodies and the acceptance of certified products, processes and services on a national and international basis thus furthering international trade.

The standard can be used as a criteria document for accreditation or peer assessment or designation by governmental authorities, scheme owners and others.

BS 17065:2012 provides insight into:

• Legal and contractual matters
• Management of impartiality
• Liability and financing
• Non-discriminatory conditions
• Structural requirements

While this International Standard is concerned with third parties providing product, process or service certification, many of its provisions may also be useful in first- and second-party product conformity assessment procedures.

The standard is applicable but not limited to:

a) Clients of the certification bodies;
b) Customers of the organizations whose products, processes or services are certified;
c) Governmental authorities;
d) Non-governmental organizations; and
e) Consumers and other members of the public.

Contents Page

1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 General requirements
5 Structural requirements
6 Resource requirements
7 Process requirements
8 Management system requirements
Annex A (informative) Principles for product certification bodies and their certification activities
Annex B (informative) Application of this International Standard for processes and services

Standard NumberBS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012
TitleConformity assessment. Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 October 2012
Cross ReferencesISO/IEC 17000, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 9000:2005, ISO 9001, ISO 10002, ISO/PAS 17001, ISO/PAS 17002, ISO/PAS 17003, ISO/PAS 17004, ISO/PAS 17005, ISO/IEC 17007, ISO/IEC 17030, ISO/IEC 17067, ISO 19011, ISO 31000, ISO/IEC Guide 23, ISO Guide 27, ISO/IEC Guide 28:2004, ISO/IEC Guide 53, IAF GD 5
ReplacesBS EN 45011:1998
International RelationshipsEN ISO/IEC 17065 (ISO/IEC 1706,ISO/IEC 17065:2012
DescriptorsTesting organizations, Specification (approval), Documents, Quality assurance systems, Quality assurance, Organizations, Certification (approval), Records (documents), Products, Approval organizations, Personnel, Quality, Consumer-supplier relations, Handbooks
Title in FrenchÉvaluation de la conformité. Exigences pour les organismes certifiant les produits, les procédés et les services
Title in GermanKonformitätsbewertung. Anforderungen an Stellen, die Produkte, Prozesse und Dienstleistungen zertifizieren
ISBN978 0 580 78472 9
File Size828 KB

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