Become ISO 17020 accredited in 6 steps
- Top Management Commitment & project plan
The top management helps specify the program’s requirements so that the implemented bodies used for inspection are competent and remain consistent and impartible. Therefore, the relevant statements are provided by the top management. The certification’s top management aims in the implementation of future and existing customer expectations and needs. The certification body workforce ensures continuous improvement of every activity performed by the organization. The primary purpose of the top management is to ensure constant development and upgrade of the QMS. Therefore, the top management sets the organization’s goals with continuous analysis and commitment to the organization’s quality. The project plan established helps employees and clients recognize the importance of ISO 17020 accreditation. The program allows the organization to demonstrate its integrity, compliance, technical competence, and reliability.
- Build competence and awareness
Competency is ensured through training and teachings, acquiring abilities to help attain an outcome that is strict to the organization’s requirements in performing inspections and the consistency of those operations. Awareness ensures employees can tackle issues the organizations encounter; therefore, the top management provides all the workforce undergoes the required training. The training creates an understanding of the QMS influenced in different environments of the inspection body.
- Develop process documentation
For ISO 17020 to acquire accreditation of their operations, they must implement a quality QMS with proper documentation that observes the ISO 17020 standard. The documents involved are manuals, policies, procedures, forms, and operating instructions. The documentation is prepared by ISO 17020 consultant workforce to ensure the organization establishes a practical working system.
- Implementation of the system to address gaps
Implementation of ISO 17020 certification helps make the comparison of existing strategies from the actual requirements. The operation re-arranges the organizations’ document structure into several segments. Incorporating text from documents acquired ensures consistency of the requirements of the standard.
- Internal audit
The internal audit of the ISO 17020 enables auditors to understand technical problems related to the organization’s initial audit. During the training program, individuals learn techniques for coordinating the QMS. Document observations and audit evidence are collected as well as practical strategies of questioning.
- Third-party certification audit
The third-party certification audit bodies accredit ISO 17020 by conducting safety measures on the organizations’ operations and provides the organization certification, establishing the organization as eligible to its clients and interested parties. The system offers the organization to make determinations, however, with assurances to meet the aimed requirements.
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