ISO 17020 Competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities Consultancy Service.
ISO 17020 specifies requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities. It applies to inspection bodies of type A, B or C, as defined in ISO 17020, and it applies to any stage of inspection.
This International Standard specifies general criteria for the competence of impartial bodies performing inspection irrespective of the sector involved. It also specifies independence criteria. This standard is intended for the use of inspection bodies and their accreditation bodies as well as other bodies concerned with recognizing the competence of inspection bodies.
ISO 17020 is designed to be compatible with other management systems standards and specifications, such as ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 45001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and other ISO management standards. They can be integrated seamlessly through Integrated Management system approach. They share many principles so choosing an integrated management system can offer excellent value for money and an easier approach to implement, manage and improve multiple standards simultaneously.
Benefits of ISO 17020 application:
- Uniformity in execution and reporting method for the people carrying out the activity.
- Reduced penalty in case of disputes.
- Meeting the accreditation requirements.
- Reduced customer complaints.