ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity Assessment / Good Inspection Practices

The ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Standard for Conformity Assessment is an essential standard for any organization seeking to perform inspections on behalf of organizations, clients, or authorities.

The standard includes all activities performed by an inspection body including examining products, installations, plants, processes, procedures, services, and determining their conformity and the reporting of results. A certain degree of professional judgement and expertise is required when conducting inspections and the ISO/IEC 17020:2012 standard can be used as a required or screening document of accreditation for any organization seeking to conduct inspections.

Inspections, testing, and certification can often overlap due to the fact these these activities all share common elements however inspections require a certain level of professional judgement and competence to determine acceptability against general requirements.

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