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Accreditation: Future developments and their impacts

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Update on the value of Accreditation and the impact of ISO/IEC 17021:2006 in accredited certification and service delivery to clients

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Accreditation: Future developments and their impacts

  1. 1. Practitioner D Workshop Accreditation: Future developments and their impacts Andrew Marlow and Martyn Cheesbrough
  2. 2. Introductions • Brief introduction of: – Name – Organisation – Your role in environment management systems – Your aspirations for the workshop
  3. 3. What is Accreditation? “ Formal recognition that an organisation is competent to carry out specific tasks or types of tasks” “ Impartial, independent assessment of competence against international standards”
  4. 4. UKAS - where do we fit? Government recognition UKAS Accreditation International standards CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT (testing & calibration labs, certification & inspection bodies, or any independent evaluation) Standards/regulatory requirements/scheme criteria BUSINESS, ORGANISATIONS (people, management systems, equipment, organisations, products etc.) CONFIDENCE GOVERNMENT TRUST CONSUMERS ASSURANCE PURCHASERS
  5. 5. Timeline Ten years ago BS 7750 and ISO 1400:1996 / EMAS I Five years ago Concerns over integrity of EMS certification Today Enhancements to accreditation Integration with regulation
  6. 6. Where are we now? Accredited certification is based on International Standards: • ISO / IEC Guide 66:1999(E) • ISO 17021:2006 (from 16 September 2008) • International Accreditation Forum Guidance • European Co-operation for Accreditation Guidance
  7. 7. Significant changes for 17021 None for EMS…..but: • Focus on competence management • Clarity on impartiality and conscience •Publicly available information
  8. 8. How do we work? • • • • • • Contract Reviews Document Review Head-Office Assessments Witnessed Assessments Remote/desktop/interview/other Four-year accreditation cycle
  9. 9. Where are we now? • Development of UKAS C3 / EA 7/04 and recruitment of EMS specialists • Four key focus areas: 1. Competence of personnel 2. Allocation of time for a satisfactory audit 3. Auditor recommendations, reports and records 4. Assessment of legal compliance
  10. 10. What are the current issues? Taking the viewpoint of the next five years, what would the group expect from accredited certification in the future? – What’s wrong now – How could we fix it – How would we know we’ve fixed it •Two Groups for discussion and flipchart capture
  11. 11. Breakout Groups • Group 1 – Andrew Marlow • Group 2 – Martyn Cheesbrough