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Who supervises the IOAS?

February 9, 2013

The document ISO/IEC 17011: ‘Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies’ lays down internationally agreed rules for how accreditation should be performed. The IOAS is independently assessed and recognised as compliant with this norm since 2004 by the US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards & Technology. The recognition requires continuous surveillance. Most other scheme owners recognise the NIST assessment as a guarantee of IOAS’ competence but the Canadian government also conducts its own assessment and surveillance of the IOAS against ISO/IEC 17011.

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