Interpretation of ISO/IEC 17065 6.2.1, 6.2.2, and 7.1

PUBLIC NOTICE PRO-NT-104 Issued: 2023-2-13, Revision: 2

References ISO/IEC 17020:2012, Conformity assessment -- Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
ISO/IEC 17021-1, Conformity assessment- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems- Part 1: Requirements
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General Requirements For The Competence Of Testing And Calibration Laboratories
ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
1.1The objective of this notice is to provide interpretation of ISO/IEC 17065 clause 6.2.1, 6.2.2, and 7.1.
3Effective Date
October 1, 2020
4.1.1Clause 6.2.1 relates to Internal resources and clause 6.2.2 relates to outsourced resources for evaluation services. Both clauses require that the CB shall meet the applicable requirements of the relevant International Standards and as specified by the certification scheme, of other documents. For testing, it shall meet the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17025; for inspection, it shall meet the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17020; and for management system auditing, it shall meet the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1. Both internal and outsourced resources are expected to meet the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17021-1. The term "Applicable" requires the Certification Body to select the appropriate clauses of ISO/IEC 17025*, 17020, and 17021-1 standards.
*Internal and external (outsourced) testing laboratories used by CB's for product certification shall comply with ISO/IEC 17025 in full. See -4.2.2 for surveillance testing.
4.1.2This document identifies the conditions under which ANAB will accept selective application of ISO/IEC 17025, 17020,and 17021-1 clauses to satisfy applicable requirements referenced in the ISO/IEC 17065 standard under its accreditation program.
4.2.1All clauses of ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17021-1 shall be applied in the assessment of competence of both internal and external testing laboratories, inspection bodies, and management system audit bodies OR the certification body shall maintain documented rationales explaining its decisions that selected requirements of those standards do not apply such as, when 17025 testing requirements are limited for surveillance (4.2.2 below)
Note: Reference 4.1.1 for CB's internal and external testing laboratories ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.
4.2.2The requirements of 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 of ISO/IEC 17065 do not directly apply to testing/measurement that a certification body requires a manufacturer to perform within surveillance. The certification body shall determine and clearly state in its procedures what criteria is applicable to the relevant certification system (ISO/IEC 17065, 7.1) are appropriate for this function.
4.3This notice is applicable to all accredited certification programs except the Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Program that ANAB accredits.
4.4For further information, contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (