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The Scopes

Currently there are four main scopes for the IAF MLA: Management Systems Certification, Product Certification, Certification of Persons, and Validation and Verification.

Sub-scopes are divided into two categories (Level 4 and Level 5), as described in section 4 of IAF PR4: Structure of the IAF MLA and List of IAF Endorsed Normative Documents

There are four Level 4 sub-scopes for Management System Certification, and one sub-scope for Product Certification:

Management System Certification

  1. ISO/TS 22003 Food safety management systems– Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
  2. ISO/IEC 27006 Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems
  3. ISO/IEC TS 17021-2 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
  4. ISO/IEC TS 17021-3 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems

Product Certification

  1. GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) General Regulations 

There are five Level 5 sub-scopes for Management System Certification, and one sub-scope for Product Certification:

Management Systems Certification

  1. ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements 
  2. ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use
  3. ISO 22000 Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain
  4. ISO/IEC 27001 Information technology - Security techniques - Information security management systems – Requirements
  5. ISO 13485 Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes

Product Certification

  1. GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Control Points and Compliance Criteria

A main scope means certificates are ‘equally reliable’ because the conformity assessment bodies conform to the same standard.

A sub-scope means the certificates are ‘equivalent’ because the management systems, products, services or persons conform to the same standard.

A complete list of IAF MLA signatories and their scopes can be viewed in Table 1 of this document.

Note: There are currently no sub-scopes under the main scopes of Certification of Persons or Validation and Verification. To include sub-scopes under these main scopes, schemes have to be endorsed by the IAF. The process for the endorsement of schemes can be found under IAF PL 3:2016 Policies and Procedures for the Expansion of the Scope of the IAF MLA.


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