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General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems

Executive summary

General requirements for third-party product certification systems.

Abstract

This European Standard specifies general requirements that a third-party operating a product certification system needs to comply with if it is to be recognized as competent and reliable.

Specific requirements are given on the organization, operations, subcontracting, the quality system, conditions and procedures for granting, maintaining, extending, suspending and withdrawing certification, internal audits and management reviews, documentation, records, and confidentiality.

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

History and related standards

This European Standard is a revision of BS 7511:1989, which is withdrawn.

It includes the following cross references:

ISO 8402:1994, ISO 10011-1:1990, ISO/IEC Guide 2:1996, ISO/IEC Guide 7:1994, ISO/IEC Guide 23:1982, ISO/IEC Guide 25:1990, ISO/IEC Guide 27:1983,

ISO/IEC Guide 28:1982, ISO/IEC Guide 39:1988, ISO/IEC Guide 53:1988,

ISO/IEC Guide 62:1996.

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