Transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and the Coronavirus Outbreak
The transition policy published by ILAC and IAF in October 2017 requires all accreditation bodies that are signatories to the ILAC MRA and IAF MLA to have completed the transition to the 2017 version of ISO/IEC 17011 by November 2020.
As a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and the increasing restrictions on travel and mandatory quarantine periods following travel, IAF and ILAC have released a statement providing guidelines regarding the evaluation activities required to ensure all accreditation bodies will be able to achieve this transition in the remaining 7 months. The statement is available from both the ILAC https://ilac.org/latest_ilac_news/transition-to-iso-iec-170112017-and-the-coronavirus-outbreak/ and IAF websites https://www.iaf.nu/articles/IAFILAC_Joint_Publications/36.
ILAC and IAF will continue to monitor the advice in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19 to assess the developments and risks and will release additional statements as required in relation to any impacts this outbreak may have on the peer evaluation system in general to ensure the integrity of the MRA and MLA processes are maintained.