DS/EN ISO/IEC 17040:2006

Conformity assessment - General requirements for peer assessment of conformity assessment bodies and accreditation bodies

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Harmonized under:
  • Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Decision No 768/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council )

Harmonized standards:


1.1 This International Standard specifies the general requirements for the peer assessment process to be carried out by agreement groups of accreditation bodies or conformity assessment bodies. It addresses the structure and operation of the agreement group only insofar as they relate to the peer assessment process.
1.2 This International Standard is not concerned with the wider issues of the arrangements for the formation, organization and management of the agreement group, and does not cover how the group will use peer assessment in deciding membership of the group. Such matters, which could for example include a procedure for applicants to appeal against decisions of the agreement group, are outside the scope of this International Standard.
NOTE 1 – Further information on the wider issues is contained in ISO/IEC Guide 68.
1.3 This International Standard is applicable to peer assessment of conformity assessment bodies
performing activities such as
a) testing,
b) product certification,
c) inspection,
d) management system certification (sometimes also called registration), and
e) personnel certification.
More than one type of activity can be included in a peer assessment process. This can be considered
particularly appropriate when the body under assessment conducts combined assessments of multiple
conformity assessment activities.
This International Standard is also applicable to peer assessment amongst accreditation bodies, which is also
known as peer evaluation.
NOTE 2 – Bodies that are members of an agreement group might wish to rely on the soundness of the peer assessment
process for evaluating the competence of a peer body as a potential subcontractor.

Number of pages: 28

Published: 2006-02-27

Date of approval: 2006-02-03

International relationships: EN ISO/IEC 17040:2005 IDT ISO/IEC 17040:2005 IDT

ICS: 03.120.20 - Product and company certification. Conformity assessment

Item number: 49140




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