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IAF Mandatory Documents (MD Series)

IAF publishes Mandatory Documents which are required to be used by accreditation bodies when accrediting certification/registration bodies to assure that they operate their programs in a consistent and equivalent manner.  IAF Mandatory documents are not intended to establish, interpret, subtract from or add to the requirements of any ISO/IEC Guide or Standard, but simply to assure consistent application of those Guides or Standards.

Copies of all published IAF Mandatory Documents are available below.

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IAF MD 1:2018 IAF Mandatory Document for the Audit and Certification of a Management System Operated by a Multi-Site Organization
(Issue 2, issued on 29 January 2018; application from 29 January 2018)
This document is for the audit and, if appropriate, the certification of management systems of organizations with a number of sites with a single management system.

IAF MD 2:2017 IAF Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems
(Issue 2, issued on 15 June 2017; application from 15 June 2018)
This document provides normative criteria on the transfer of accredited management system certification between certification bodies. The criteria may also be applicable in the case of acquisitions of certification bodies accredited by an IAF or Regional MLA signatory.

IAF MD 3:2008 Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures (ASRP)
(Issue 1, Version 2, issued on 1 February 2008; Application from 15 September 2008)
This document provides normative criteria for advanced surveillance and recertification procedures (ASRP) for consistent application of clause 9.1.1 of ISO/IEC 17021:2006 for determining subsequent adjustments to the audit program.  This document addresses only Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Environmental Managements Systems (EMS), in which IAF members have had experience of implementing ASRP or its predecessor methodologies.  The use of ASRP is not mandatory, but if an accreditation body wishes to permit their accredited certification body and its client(s) to opt for the use of ASRP, it is a requirement of IAF that the certification body and its client(s) conform to this document and be able to demonstrate conformity to the accreditation body.

IAF MD 4:2018 IAF Mandatory Document for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes
(Issue 2, Issued 04 July 2018, application from 04 July 2019)
The scope of this document is for the auditing/assessment of management systems, persons and product and is applicable to conformity assessment bodies and accreditation bodies. The use of ICT is not mandatory and may be used for other types of conformity assessment activities, but if used as part of the audit/assessment methodology, it is mandatory to conform to this document.

IAF MD 4:2008 Use of Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques ("CAAT") for Accredited Certification of Management Systems
(Issue 1, issued on 15 May 2008; Application from 15 September 2008) [SUPERSEDED BY IAF MD 4:2018]
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of ISO/IEC 17021:2006 when computer assisted auditing techniques are used as part of the audit methodology.  The use of CAAT is not mandatory, but if a certification body and its client opt to use CAAT, it is mandatory that they conform to this document and are able to demonstrate conformity to the accreditation body.

IAF MD 5:2015 Determination of Audit Time of Quality and Environmental Management Systems
(Issue 3, issued on 09 June 2015; Application from 09 June 2016)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for audits of quality and environmental management systems. It provides mandatory provisions and guidance for CABs to develop their own processes for determining the amount of time required for the auditing of clients of differing sizes and complexity over a broad spectrum of activities.

IAF MD6:2014 Application of ISO 14065:2013
(Issue 2, issued on 23 March 2014; Application from 23 March 2015)
ISO 14065:2013 provides to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) programme administrators, regulators and accreditors, a basis for assessing and recognising the competence of validation or verification bodies (V/VBs).  This Mandatory Document provides additional application guidance to enable harmonisation by IAF members for the assessment of validation or verification bodies (V/VBs) against ISO 14065 and related standards.

IAF MD 7:2010 Harmonisation of Sanctions
(Issue 1 Version 2, issued on 15 September 2010; Application from 15 September 2010)
Mandatory document which clarifies situations where sanctions are to be applied to applicant or accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.

IAF MD8:2017 Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2004 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)
(Issue 3, issued on 09 June 2017; application from 09 June 2018)
This document specifies normative criteria for Accreditation Bodies assessing and accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies which provide audit and certification to ISO 13485, in addition to the requirements contained with ISO/IEC 17011:2004. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.

IAF MD 9:2017 Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)
(Issue 3, issued on 09 June 2017; application from 09 June 2018)
This document specifies normative criteria for Conformity Assessment Bodies auditing and certifying organizations’ Quality Management Systems to ISO 13485, in addition to the requirements contained with ISO/IEC 17021. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.

IAF MD 10:2013 IAF Mandatory Document for Assessment of Certification Body Management of Competence in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17021: 2011
(Issue 1, issued on 11 February 2013; Application from 11 February 2014)
Provides a harmonised approach to how Accreditation Bodies assess a Certification Body’s management of competence in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021:2011.

IAF MD 11:2013 IAF Mandatory Document for Application of ISO/IEC 17021 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems (IMS)
(Issue 1 Version 3, issued on 16 December 2013; Application immediate)
Provides requirements for the application of ISO/IEC 17021 for the planning and delivery of audits of IMS and, if appropriate, the certification of an organization’s management system(s) against two or more sets of audit criteria/standards.

IAF MD 12:2016 Accreditation Assessment of Conformity Assessment Bodies with Activities in Multiple Countries
(Issue 2, issued on 07 January 2016; application from 07 January 2016)
Provides requirements for the consistent application of Clause 7 of ISO/IEC 17011 regarding an Accreditation Body (AB)'s Assessment of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB)'s that provide certification in countries outside the country in which their head office is located.

IAF MD 13:2015 Knowledge Requirements for Accreditation Body Personnel for Information Security Management Systems (ISO/IEC 27001)
(Issue 1, Version 2, issued on 19 January 2015; Application from 26 May 2015)
Provides specific knowledge requirements for Accreditation Body personnel to harmonize their application of Clause 6.2.1 of ISO/IEC 17011:2004 for the accreditation of bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems (ISMS) to ISO/IEC 27001.

IAF MD 14:2014 Application of ISO/IEC 17011 in Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification (ISO 14065:2013)
(Issue 1, issued on 09 June 2014; Application from 09 June 2015)
Provides normative criteria for Accreditation Bodies assessing and accrediting GHG validation and verification bodies to ISO 14065, in addition to the requirements contained within ISO/IEC 17011. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.

IAF MD15:2014 IAF Mandatory Document for the Collection of Data to Provide Indicators of Management System Certification Bodies' Performance
(Issue 1, issued on 14 July 2014; Application from 14 July 2016)
Provides the "indicators" which Accreditation Bodies shall require accredited Management System Certification Bodies to report to them on a periodic basis.
IAF MD16:2015 Application of ISO/IEC 17011 for the Accreditation of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) Certification Bodies
(Issue 1, Version 2, issued on 19 January 2015; Application from 15 December 2016)
This document specifies normative criteria for Accreditation Bodies assessing and accrediting CABs which provide audit and certification of FSMS, in addition to the requirements contained with ISO/IEC 17011. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF  Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.
IAF MD 17:2015 Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies
(Issue 1, Version 2, issued on 09 January 2015; Application from 07 January 2018)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 17011:2004. It applies to the accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies except for those provisions that conflict with what is established in applicable standards, other IAF documents, specifications and legislation. Sections 4 & 5 are specific to the accreditation of QMS and EMS Certification Bodies.
IAF MD 18:2015 Application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 in the Service Management Sector(ISO/IEC 20000-1)
(Issue 1, issued on 08 January 2015; Application from 08 January 2015)
This document specifies requirements and provides guidance for bodies providing audit and certification of an information technology service management system (ITSMS, ISO/IEC 20000-1), in addition to the requirements contained within ISO/IEC 17021. It is primarily intended to support the accreditation of bodies providing ITSMS certification.
IAF MD 20:2016 Generic Competence for AB Assessors: Application to ISO/IEC 17011
(Issue 1, issued on 25 May 2016; application from 25 May 2018)
This document ensures the consistent and harmonized application of ISO/IEC 17011 for defining the generic competence for assessors.
 
IAF MD 21:2018 Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007
(Issue 1, issued on 18 January 2018; application from March 2018)
This document provides requirements for the migration from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018.
 
IAF MD 22:2018 Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS)
(Issue 1, issued on 25 January 2018; application from 25 January 2018)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 for the accreditation of Certification Bodies providing certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS).
 
IAF MD 23:2018 Control of Entities Operating on Behalf of Accredited Management Systems Certification Bodies
(Issue 1, issued on 08 May 2018; application from 08 May 2019)
This document relates to entities, performing and/or managing management system certification activities, on behalf of Certification Bodies (CBs) holding accreditation, which are not wholly or partly owned or employed by the CB.

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