International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2009 Number 06

New CD collection of ISO/IEC Standards and Guides for testing laboratories and inspection bodies

ISO/IEC Pack – Conformity assessment - Laboratories and inspection bodies


Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-20 A new CD is available containing all ISO/IEC International Standards and Guides for testing laboratories and inspection bodies.


Testing is a major conformity assessment activity and also provides the basis for other conformity assessment processes such as product certification and inspection. Conformity assessment is the process used to demonstrate that products, services, materials, management systems, personnel and organizations meet specified requirements.


IEC General Secretary & CEO Ronnie Amit comments: “International standards and conformity assessment programmes are key to international trade, to product safety and reliability. The market can truly benefit from the long experience of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the field of developing standards and guides that are essential in putting the tests in place to show conformity.”


The ISO/IEC Pack – Conformity assessment - Laboratories and inspection bodies, contains 10 standards and guides (plus a corrigendum). They include the general requirements for laboratories in order for them to be considered competent to carry out testing, calibration and sampling. These criteria are contained in ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. An estimated 40 000 laboratories worldwide are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.


Inspection bodies examine a huge range of products and processes, installations and plants. The overall aim is to reduce risk to the buyer and consumer of the item being inspected. As many laboratories also operate inspection activities, the CD also includes ISO/IEC 17020, General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.


The use of ISO/IEC Standards and Guides on conformity assessment procedures allows for harmonization of good practice-based processes throughout the world. This not only facilitates international trade between countries, but also facilitates trade within countries giving the purchaser of the product or service confidence that it meets the requirements. The standards and guides in the new ISO/IEC Pack have been developed by ISO/CASCO , the ISO policy development committee on conformity assessment.


ISO/IEC Pack – Conformity assessment - Laboratories and inspection bodies


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