Conformity assessment — Disclosure of information — Principles and requirements
ISO/PAS 17004:2005 contains principles and requirements for the element of disclosure of information as it relates to standards for conformity assessment. It is an internal tool for use in the ISO/IEC standards development process by ISO/CASCO working groups when considering the element of disclosure of information in preparation of their documents. ISO/PAS 17004:2005 is not a stand-alone normative document to be used directly in conformity assessment activities.
Évaluation de la conformité — Divulgation d'informations — Principes et exigences
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Conformity assessment — Disclosure of
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In 2001 the ISO Council asked its policy committee on conformity assessment (CASCO) to study and prepare
a group of common elements for application in future ISO documents on conformity assessment. Subsequent
to this request, ISO/CASCO approved the formation of Working Group 23, Common elements in ISO/IECStandards for conformity assessment activities, to undertake this task.
The working group has identified several common elements, including among others
⎯ impartiality (ISO/PAS 17001),
⎯ confidentiality (ISO/PAS 17002),
⎯ complaints and appeals (ISO/PAS 17003),
⎯ disclosure of information (ISO/PAS 17004),
⎯ management systems (ISO/PAS 17005).
In the process of developing ISO/PAS 17002, which addresses the common element of “confidentiality”,
CASCO Working Group 23 identified the need to elaborate on the related common element of “disclosure of
information”. This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) addresses the “disclosure of information” element
that occurs in many of the ISO/IEC Guides and International Standards on conformity assessment.
This Publicly Available Specification covers the agreed principles that give substance to the element of
disclosure of information, and also provides requirements clauses intended to be included in future ISO/IECInternational Standards on conformity assessment.
This Publicly Available Specification is intended to apply to the drafting of documents on conformityassessment by ISO/CASCO.
Clause 4 (Background) contains some comments on the importance of disclosure of information to conformityassessment.
Clause 5 (Principles) contains statements that are intended to orientate ISO/CASCO working groups in their
task of creating requirements to address disclosure of information in their documents.
The requirements to be inserted into future ISO/CASCO documents that cover the common element of
“disclosure of information” are detailed in Clause 6. ISO/CASCO has adopted a common structure for the
presentation of requirements. Requirements are grouped under one or more of the following headings:a) General requirements;
b) Structural requirements;
c) Resource requirements;
d) Process requirements;
e) Management system requirements.
As such, each of the common elements will have requirements related to it grouped under one or more of theheadings given in a) to e).
This PAS is not intended to become a future International Standard. At the end of three years after the date of
publication, it is expected this PAS will be withdrawn and its contents incorporated as appropriate in relevantISO/CASCO normative and guidance documents.
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PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SPECIFICATION ISO/PAS 17004:2005(E)
Conformity assessment — Disclosure of information —
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