Conformity assessment - General requirements for peer assessment of conformity assessment bodies and accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)

ISO/IEC 17040:2005 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.
ISO/IEC 17040:2005 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 ISO/IEC 17040:2005.
ISO/IEC 17040:2005 is applicable to peer assessment of conformity assessment bodies performing activities such as testing, product certification, inspection, management system certification (sometimes also called registration), and 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.
ISO/IEC 17040:2005 is also applicable to peer assessment amongst accreditation bodies, which is also known as peer evaluation.

Konformitätsbewertung - Allgemeine Anforderungen an die Begutachtung unter gleichrangigen Konformitätsbewertungsstellen und Akkreditierungsstellen (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)

1.1   Diese Internationale Norm legt die allgemeinen Anforderungen an den Begutachtungsprozess unter Gleichrangigen, die durch Übereinkommensgruppen von Akkreditierungs- oder Konformitätsbewertungs-stellen auszuführen sind, fest. Sie behandelt die Struktur und Arbeitsweise der Übereinkommensgruppe nur dann, wenn diese den Begutachtungsprozess unter Gleichrangigen betrifft.
1.2   Diese Internationale Norm behandelt nicht weitere Punkte der Abkommen wie die Gestaltung, die Organisation und das Management der Übereinkommensgruppe und beinhaltet nicht, wie die Gruppe die Begutachtung unter Gleichrangigen bei der Entscheidung über die Mitgliedschaft in der Gruppe nutzt. Derartige Angelegenheiten, die zum Beispiel ein Verfahren für Antragsteller beinhalten könnten, um gegen die Entscheidungen der Übereinkommensgruppe Einspruch zu erheben, sind nicht Gegenstand dieser Internationalen Norm.
ANMERKUNG    1   Weitere Informationen zu weiteren Punkten sind in ISO/IEC Guide 68 enthalten.
1.3   Diese Internationale Norm zur Begutachtung unter Gleichrangigen ist für Konformitäts-bewertungsstellen anwendbar, die Tätigkeiten anbieten, wie:
a)   Prüfung;
b)   Zertifizierung von Produkten;
c)   Inspektion;
d)   Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen ("certification" wird im Englischen manchmal auch "registration" genannt) und
e)   Zertifizierung von Personen.
In einen Begutachtungsprozess unter Gleichrangigen kann mehr als eine Art von Tätigkeit einbezogen werden. Dies kann insbesondere als angebracht erscheinen, wenn eine in der Begutachtung befindliche Stelle kombinierte Begutachtungen mehrfacher Konformitätsbewertungstätigkeiten durchführt.
Diese Internationale Norm ist auch für die Begutachtung unter gleichrangigen Akkreditierungsstellen anwend-bar, die auch als Evaluierung unter Gleichrangigen bekannt ist.
ANMERKUNG 2   Stellen, die Mitglieder einer Übereinkommensgruppe sind, können sich auf die Zuverlässigkeit der Verfahren zur Begutachtung unter Gleichrangigen zur Bewertung der Kompetenz

Evaluation de la conformité - Exigences générales relatives à l'évaluation par des pairs des organismes d'évaluation de la conformité et des organismes d'accréditation (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)

L'ISO 17040:2005 spécifie les exigences générales relatives au processus d'évaluation par des pairs que doivent réaliser des groupes d'accord d'organismes d'accréditation ou d'évaluation de la conformité. Elle ne s'applique à la structure et au fonctionnement du groupe d'accord que dans la mesure où ces derniers concernent le processus d'évaluation par des pairs.
L'ISO 17040:2005 ne traite pas des questions plus larges concernant les accords relatifs à la constitution, à l'organisation et à la gestion du groupe d'accord, ni de la façon dont le groupe utilise l'évaluation par des pairs pour décider de l'adhésion du groupe. Ces sujets, qui pourraient par exemple inclure une procédure permettant aux candidats de faire appel des décisions du groupe d'accord, ne s'inscrivent pas dans le domaine d'application de L'ISO 17040:2005.
L'ISO 17040:2005 s'applique à l'évaluation par des pairs des organismes d'évaluation de la conformité exerçant des activités comme les essais, la certification de produits, l'inspection, la certification des systèmes de management (parfois également appelée enregistrement), et la certification de personnel.
Le processus d'évaluation par des pairs peut comprendre un ou plusieurs types d'activités. Il peut se révéler particulièrement approprié pour les organismes soumis à évaluation qui réalisent des évaluations combinées de plusieurs activités d'évaluation de la conformité.
L'ISO 17040:2005 s'applique également à l'évaluation par des pairs d'organismes d'accréditation, également désignée par le terme «appréciation par des pairs».

Ugotavljanje skladnosti – Splošne zahteve za medsebojno ocenjevanje organov za ugotavljanje skladnosti in akreditacijskih organov (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO/IEC 17040:2005
01-april-2005
Ugotavljanje skladnosti – Splošne zahteve za medsebojno ocenjevanje organov za
ugotavljanje skladnosti in akreditacijskih organov (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)
Conformity assessment - General requirements for peer assessment of conformity
assessment bodies and accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)
Konformitätsbewertung - Allgemeine Anforderungen an die Begutachtung unter
gleichrangigen Konformitätsbewertungsstellen und Akkreditierungsstellen (ISO/IEC
17040:2005)

Evaluation de la conformité - Exigences générales relatives a l'évaluation par des pairs

des organismes d'évaluation de la conformité et des organismes d'accréditation
(ISO/IEC 17040:2005)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO/IEC 17040:2005
ICS:
03.120.20 Certificiranje proizvodov in Product and company
podjetij. Ugotavljanje certification. Conformity
skladnosti assessment
SIST EN ISO/IEC 17040:2005 en

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EUROPEAN STANDARD
EN ISO/IEC 17040
NORME EUROPÉENNE
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
January 2005
ICS 03.120.20
English version
Conformity assessment - General requirements for peer
assessment of conformity assessment bodies and accreditation
bodies (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)

Evaluation de la conformité - Exigences générales relatives Konformitätsbewertung - Allgemeine Anforderungen an die

à l'évaluation par des pairs des organismes d'évaluation de Begutachtung unter gleichrangigen

la conformité et des organismes d'accréditation (ISO/IEC Konformitätsbewertungsstellen und Akkreditierungsstellen

17040:2005) (ISO/IEC 17040:2005)
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Foreword
This document (EN ISO/IEC 17040:2005) has been prepared by CASCO "Committee on

Conformity Assessment" in collaboration with Technical Committee CEN/CLC/TC 1 "Criteria for

conformity assessment bodies", the secretariat of which is held by SN.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of

an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by July 2005, and conflicting national standards

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Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,

Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,

Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Endorsement notice
The text of ISO 17040:2005 has been approved by CEN and CENELEC as EN ISO/IEC
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INTERNATIONAL ISO/IEC
STANDARD 17040
First edition
2005-01-15
Conformity assessment — General
requirements for peer assessment of
conformity assessment bodies and
accreditation bodies
Évaluation de la conformité — Exigences générales relatives à
l'évaluation par des pairs des organismes d'évaluation de la conformité
et des organismes d'accréditation
Reference number
ISO/IEC 17040:2005(E)
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Foreword............................................................................................................................................................ iv

Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ v

1 Scope...................................................................................................................................................... 1

2 Normative references........................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions........................................................................................................................... 2

4 Structural requirements....................................................................................................................... 2

5 Human resource requirements............................................................................................................ 3

5.1 Qualifications and selection................................................................................................................ 3

5.2 Languages — translation ..................................................................................................................... 3

6 Information and documentation .......................................................................................................... 3

7 Peer assessment process requirements ............................................................................................ 4

7.1 General................................................................................................................................................... 4

7.2 Application for peer assessment or an extension of scope............................................................. 5

7.3 Review and acceptance of the application......................................................................................... 5

7.4 Preparation for the peer assessment process................................................................................... 5

7.5 Appointment of peer assessment team.............................................................................................. 6

7.6 Documentation review.......................................................................................................................... 7

7.7 On-site assessment.............................................................................................................................. 7

7.8 Analysis of findings .............................................................................................................................. 7

7.9 Peer assessment report....................................................................................................................... 7

7.10 Review of the peer assessment report ............................................................................................... 8

7.11 Peer assessment in support of continuing membership of agreement group............................... 8

7.12 Notification of changes ........................................................................................................................ 9

8 Confidentiality....................................................................................................................................... 9

9 Complaints............................................................................................................................................. 9

Annex A (informative) Financial aspects ....................................................................................................... 10

Annex B (informative) Assessment techniques for use by peer assessment teams................................ 11

Annex C (normative) Information to be included in the peer assessment report ..................................... 12

Bibliography ..................................................................................................................................................... 13

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Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (the International Electrotechnical

Commission) form the specialized system for worldwide standardization. National bodies that are members of

ISO or IEC participate in the development of International Standards through technical committees

established by the respective organization to deal with particular fields of technical activity. ISO and IEC

technical committees collaborate in fields of mutual interest. Other international organizations, governmental

and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO and IEC, also take part in the work. In the field of conformity

assessment, the ISO Committee on conformity assessment (CASCO) is responsible for the development of

International Standards and Guides.

International Standards are drafted in accordance with the rules given in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.

Draft International Standards are circulated to the national bodies for voting. Publication as an International

Standard requires approval by at least 75 % of the national bodies casting a vote.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent

rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

ISO/IEC 17040 was prepared by the ISO Committee on conformity assessment (CASCO).

It was circulated for voting to the national bodies of both ISO and IEC, and was approved by both

organizations.
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Introduction

Peer assessment has been used for many years as a means of deciding upon whom to admit to a particular

group of equals or peers. Membership of a professional institution, for example, can be decided by using a

process that the existing members have established, involving the setting of requirements for membership and

the assessment of candidates for conformity with those requirements. In the field of conformity assessment,

groups of bodies conducting the same type of work, for example testing or accreditation, have used peer

assessment in order that the work of each body can be assessed and found acceptable to all the other bodies.

The global economy has accelerated the need for mutual recognition amongst accreditation and conformity

assessment bodies. Each group has developed a form of peer assessment appropriate to its activities. It

became apparent when reviewing the methods used by the different groups that there were many aspects in

common. It was felt that there would be benefits in creating an International Standard that gave generic

requirements for an effective peer assessment process, while leaving it open to individual groups to adopt

specific measures appropriate to their individual fields of activities.

This International Standard is intended to be used by groups of peers performing any conformity assessment

activity (e.g. conformity assessment bodies, accreditation bodies). Such groups of peers have been described

in various ways, and are called agreement groups in ISO/IEC Guide 68. That is not to say that other groups in

different fields of work cannot use the peer assessment process. However, such groups would need to adopt

suitable organizational and managerial arrangements to provide the right conditions for the peer assessment

process to be carried out to the best effect. As a result, each group can achieve its desired outcomes with the

expenditure of less resources.

This International Standard is also intended to enhance the confidence of those who use or depend upon the

results of conformity assessment that the work is being conducted in a competent and proper manner.

In this International Standard a generic peer assessment process is illustrated in Figure 1.

The model shown in Figure 1 separates aspects of the peer assessment process that are covered in this

International Standard. It starts with the presumption that there is a prospective applicant to join an agreement

group. It is assumed that an agreement group exists, and that this group has some criteria or requirements

that have to be met in order for a body to join. These aspects are not covered by this International Standard

but are for the specific agreement group to decide for themselves, as are the decision on membership of the

group and any appeal on that decision. The bulk of this International Standard focuses on the steps to be

used within the peer assessment process, and only makes non-process requirements where absolutely

necessary. It can be used in conjunction with ISO/IEC Guide 68, and for the peer assessment process that

may be required in either regulatory or voluntary fields of conformity assessment.

The nature of a peer assessment is determined by the goal of the agreement group and the use to which the

outcome of the peer assessment process will be applied. The goal of the agreement group could be one or

more of the following:
a) conformity of bodies with specified requirements;
b) equivalence of results among bodies;

c) acceptance of results from one body by other bodies for use in their conformity assessment activities.

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Figure 1 — Generic peer assessment process
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Conformity assessment — General requirements for peer
assessment of conformity assessment bodies and accreditation
bodies
1 Scope

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.

2 Normative references

The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated

references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced

document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO/IEC 17000:2004, Conformity assessment — Vocabulary and general principles
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3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
3.1
peer assessment

assessment of a body against specified requirements by representatives of other bodies in, or candidates for,

an agreement group
[ISO/IEC 17000:2004, definition 4.5]

NOTE 1 “Candidates” are included to cater for the situation where a new group is being formed, at which time there

would be no bodies in the group.

NOTE 2 The term “peer evaluation” is used by some groups instead of “peer assessment”.

3.2
applicant
body that is to be the object of the peer assessment process

NOTE The body can be applying for membership of the agreement group or can be an existing member applying for

an extension of the scope of its membership. If the peer assessment process is used for continuing assurance of

conformity (see 7.10), the term “applicant” refers to the body that is being assessed.

4 Structural requirements

4.1 The requirements of this International Standard are limited to those necessary for the successful

performance of the peer assessment process. ISO/IEC Guide 68 provides guidance on other aspects of the

operation of the agreement group.

4.2 A management committee or person shall be appointed with overall authority and responsibility for the

peer assessment process, including the following activities:

a) development of policies and procedures relating to the operation of the peer assessment process;

b) implementation of the policies and procedures for the peer assessment process;

c) financing of the peer assessment process (see Annex A);
d) performance of the peer assessment process;

e) reporting on the conformity of the assessed body with the requirements specified by the agreement

group;
f) controlling the resolution of nonconformities of the assessed body;

g) advising the agreement group on matters relating to the peer assessment process.

The management committee or person may delegate authority to committees or persons to undertake defined

activities on its behalf. Where this International Standard refers to "management committee or person", it

includes any committee or person to whom authority has been delegated.

4.3 The duties and responsibilities of the management committee or person, and any committees or

persons to whom authority has been delegated, shall be documented.

4.4 The management committee or person shall ensure that persons involved in the peer assessment

process are competent and can perform their duties objectively.
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5 Human resource requirements
5.1 Qualifications and selection

5.1.1 The qualification criteria shall be defined and documented for the people carrying out the peer

assessment process.

Elements of ISO 19011:2002, Clause 7, may be adapted for use in various types of assessments.

5.1.2 The qualification criteria of the people carrying out the peer assessment process shall match the

personal attributes and competence that would be required of a person performing the activity that is the

object of the peer assessment.

5.1.3 Competence criteria shall match the nature of the peer assessments to be performed (see

Introduction).

5.1.4 The process for the selection, training and continuing evaluation of the people required for the

conduct of the peer assessment process shall be defined and documented.
5.2 Languages — translation

5.2.1 The basic documents that will be required for the peer assessment process shall be available in a

language that can be understood by all members of the peer assessment team. The body under assessment

may need to translate some documents into another language. The choice of basic documents shall be

agreed between the members of the agreement group prior to any peer assessment process.

5.2.2 The language(s) in which the peer assessment process will be conducted shall be specified. If

necessary, translation facilities shall be provided to make sure that all members of the peer assessment team

understand the discussions.
6 Information and documentation

The management committee or person shall provide applicants, the members of the agreement group and

other interested parties with the following information and documentation, in language(s) agreed by the

members.

a) The requirements for membership specified by the agreement group against which the peer assessments

will be carried out.

These requirements should refer to the relevant International Standard or Guide. If a relevant

International Standard or Guide does not exist, the requirements should include at least

 the structure,
 subcontracting,
 management system for the conformity assessment results,
 internal audits and management reviews,
 documentation,
 records,
 confidentiality,
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 human resources, including personal attributes and competence criteria,
 facilities and equipment, where appropriate, and
 complaints and appeals.

Any additional documentation that may be necessary to supplement the International Standards or

Guides should be formulated by relevant committees or persons possessing the necessary technical

competence and should be endorsed by the members of the agreement group.

b) A clear and unambiguous definition of the type(s) and scope(s) of peer assessment.

NOTE The type of peer assessment refers to the assessment activities to be undertaken, as described in 7.1. The

scope of the peer assessment refers to the range of the applicant’s activities that will be assessed.

c) The total scope of membership in terms of the activities that the agreement group members undertake.

NOTE Members of the agreement group can undertake other activities outside the scope of the agreement group,

and as such would be outside of the scope of the peer assessment.
d) A detailed description of the peer assessment process.

e) Any fees that may be required and reference to other charges that may be incurred for application, initial

assessment and reassessment.
f) An application form.
7 Peer assessment process requirements
7.1 General

The activities to be carried out in conducting each peer assessment process shall be defined and documented.

These activities may include
a) reviewing documentation,
b) assessment of records,
c) interviewing personnel, including top management,
d) assessment of the body's performance of its internal activities,
e) witnessing the body performing its activities,
f) witnessing the body performing its own witnessing of customer activities,
g) reviewing the facilities required in the normative documents concerned,
h) technical assessment of the conformity assessment activities, and

i) reviewing the results of comparisons or proficiency-testing programmes where these are relevant to the

validity of the activity.

For the purposes of this International Standard, the requirements given in 7.2 to 7.12 are deemed the

minimum requirements for the peer assessment process. Agreement groups may add to these requirements

to suit their individual circumstances.
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7.2 Application for peer assessment or an extension of scope

7.2.1 A duly authorized representative of the applicant shall be required to sign an application form, in

which the applicant

a) defines the scope of its activities which are to be subjected to the peer assessment process,

b) includes a summary of its current and previous activities, and of any related bodies,

c) declares awareness of the manner in which the peer assessment process will be conducted,

d) agrees to the peer assessment process, especially to accept the visit of the assessment team, and

e) agrees to pay the fees, wherever applicable, charged to the applicant whatever the result of the

assessment may be, and to accept the charges for subsequent monitoring wherever applicable.

7.2.2 At least the following information related to the desired scope of the peer assessment process shall

be provided by the applicant, as required, prior to the on-site assessment:

a) the governing rules of the applicant pertaining to issues such as confidentiality, objectivity, impartiality,

independence, integrity and legal status;

b) a description of the conformity assessment activities which the applicant performs, and standards or

methods or procedures to which the applicant operates, including limits of capability as required by the

agreement group;

c) a copy of its quality manual, lists of procedures and working instructions, and the associated

documentation;

d) as required by the agreement group, information on any other independent assessment of its conformity

to relevant requirements, for example through accreditation or through another peer assessment.

If the applicant’s documents are confidential, the applicant should provide extracts that include the required

information.

7.2.3 Records of applications for peer assessment shall be maintained by the management committee or

person.
7.3 Review and acceptance of the application

7.3.1 Before the management committee or person starts to prepare for a peer assessment process, it shall

review the application provided by the applicant to ensure that the applicant meets the basic conditions to

undergo the peer assessment process.

7.3.2 The management committee or person shall inform the applicant of the result of the review.

7.3.3 Records of the reviews of applications for peer assessment shall be maintained by the management

committee or person.
7.4 Preparation for the peer assessment process

7.4.1 The preparations required for a peer assessment process shall be specified in a document which,

being internal to the operation of the agreement group, may be in the form of a confidential “operational

document” or “guidelines”, or however named.

7.4.2 If provided, evidence of other independent assessment (e.g. through accreditation or through another

peer assessment presented by the applicant) shall be evaluated to determine the extent to which it can be

used to demonstrate conformity with the requirements specified by the agreement group.

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7.4.3 The applicant or the management committee or person may suggest that a pre-assessment visit be

conducted by one or more members of the peer assessment team or the group. Before a pre-asses

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