A new Mandatory Document on the assessment of the competence systems implemented and maintained by certification bodies has been published by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
IAF MD 10:2013 IAF Mandatory Document for Assessment of Certification Body Management of Competence in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17021: 2011, provides a harmonised approach to how Accreditation Bodies assess a Certification Body’s management of competence in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021:2011.
ISO/IEC 17021:2011 is the International Standard used by Accreditation Bodies for their accreditation of certification bodies issuing management systems certificates, such as ISO 14001:, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005.
This document provides the much-needed clarification on the requirements for a competence-based system for the assessment of Auditors and other certification body personnel.
The application date for the use of the Mandatory Document by Accreditation Bodies starts from 11 February 2014.
A copy of the IAF Mandatory Docuemnt can be found at: http://bit.ly/XeI9DG