Revised criteria for the transfer of accredited certification to another Certification Body

IAF MD 2:2017

The revised IAF MD 2:2017 IAF Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems was published on 15 June 2017 & is coming up to the application date of Friday, 15 June 2018 (the date when the criteria should be implemented by Certification Bodies & can be openly assessed by the National Accreditation Bodies (NAB).

This document provides normative criteria on the transfer of accredited management system certification between Certification Bodies. The criteria may also be applicable in the case of acquisitions of Certification Bodies accredited by an IAF or Regional MLA signatory.

A copy of the revised IAF MD2:2017 can be freely downloaded here


  1. Review the revised version of IAF MD 2:2017;
    a) As a Certification Body for the implications on your certification body processes or,
    b) As a business holding accredited certification consider the guidance in relation to any proposed change of Certification Body.
  2. For Certification Bodies, implement the criteria within your processes by 15 June 2018.
  3. For businesses holding accredited certification, be aware of the criteria for any change of Certification Body on or after 15 June 2018.
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