IAS: ISO/IEC Standard 17020 - Inspection Agencies Accreditation

Inspection Agencies

ISO/IEC Standard 17020

IAS accredits inspection agencies to ISO/IEC Standard 17020. This accreditation process involves an assessment of the agencies competence for performing inspections and the consistency of their inspection activities. IAS accredits agencies that perform inspections of materials, products, installations, processes or services.

IAS Accreditation for Inspection Agencies
  • Demonstrates compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17020.
  • IAS offers prompt, personal service, including rapid scheduling of assessments to meet the needs of inspection agencies.
  • Accreditation serves as an internationally recognized “stamp of approval” for industry and regulators.
  • Accreditation increases the recognition and acceptance of inspection reports across domestic and national borders.
  • Accreditation helps to reduce costs for manufacturers and exporters by reducing or eliminating the need for re-inspecting in another economy.

Inspection agencies accredited by IAS benefit from IAS’s recognition as a signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The MRA supports international trade by promoting confidence and acceptance of accredited inspection reports and certificates.


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