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News from CASCO Working Groups

Working Group 21's revision of ISO/IEC 17021-1, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 1: Requirements has been completed. The new version is to be published in April.

Working Group 32 has completed work on developing ISO/IEC TR 17026, Conformity assessment - Example of a product certification scheme. The document will be published in February.

Joint Working Group 40 completed development of ISO/IEC TS 17021-6, Competence requirements for auditing and certification of business continuity management (BCM) systems, which was published in November 2014.

Working Group 42 launched the revision of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, in November 2014. The second meeting was in February.

Joint Working Group 43 launched the transformation of ISO Guide 34, General requirements for the competence of reference material producers, into an international standard (ISO 17034) in December 2014. A Committee Draft (CD) ballot opened in January for a three-month period and the experts will gather to review the ballot results and address the comments in July 2015. ANAB Director of Accreditation Bill Hirt is participating in JWG 43. Dr. Hirt reports the revision process is expected to take approximately two years, with publication anticipated in late 2016 or early 2017. It is likely that there will then be a two-year transition period.

The newly created Working Group 44 met in February to launch the revision of ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. ANAB Accreditation Manager for Calibration Evan Doughty is an observer to WG 44. He reports that the first area addressed and agreed on is that the format will be significantly changed to be more in line with new ISO formatting guidelines. The basic format is similar to other new standards such as ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17065. Most of the rest of the meeting concerned questions of where specific clauses of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 should be placed in the revision and a quick run through the very rough draft before the first session was closed. The next session will be in May and the process is expected to take well over a year to complete.