IAS: ISO/IEC Standard 17020 - Inspection Agencies Accreditation
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Inspection Agencies

ISO/IEC Standard 17020
AC98®

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.

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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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Inspection Agency Cleaning and Sanitation Accreditation

Cleaning/sanitation plays a critical role in everyday activities and has significant impact on processes, products, environment and human health.

Inspection activities accreditation:

IAS accredits cleaning/sanitation related inspection activities to ISO/IEC Standard 17020 and appropriate industry specific sanitation and cleaning standards/protocols, which can vary with jurisdiction requirements. This accreditation process involves an assessment of the agencies’ competence for performing inspections and the consistency of their inspection activities related to cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation in facilities like commercial spaces, schools, medical/hospital facilities, warehouses, industrial facilities, and residential areas.

Cleaning inspection agencies may have several divisions/branches responsible for analyzing different kinds of evidence. Some of the categories under cleaning inspections are:

  1. Residential Cleaning Service
  2. Medical cleaning – cleaning health care facilities
  3. Biohazard Cleaning Facilities
  4. Mold Inspection & Remediation Services
  5. Commercial and Residential Carpet Cleaning
  6. Tile & Grout Cleaning and Sealing
  7. Commercial Kitchen Cleaning
  8. Professional Corporate Cleaning and Janitorial Services
  9. Pre and Post Construction Clean Up
  10. Water or Flood Damage Removal

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Accreditation vs. Certification

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