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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.
 
IAF has endorsed the following sub-scopes:
 
Under Management Systems Certification:
  1. Level 4: ISO/TS 22003 Food safety management systems– Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
    Level 5: ISO 22000 Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain
    Level 5: FAMI-QS Certification Scheme
     
  2. Level 4: ISO/IEC 27006 Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems
    Level 5: ISO/IEC 27001 Information technology - Security techniques - Information security management systems – Requirements
     
  3. Level 4: 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
    Level 5: ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use
     
  4. Level 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
    Level 5: ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements 
     
  5. Level 4: ISO/TS 50003:2014 Energy management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems
    Level 5: ISO 50001 Energy management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
     
  6. Level 4: n.a.
    Level 5: ISO 13485 Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes
Under Product Certification:
  1. Level 4: GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) General Regulations 
    Level 5: GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Control Points and Compliance Criteria
Under Certification of Persons:
  1. Level 4: n.a.
    Level 5: IPC Management System Auditors Certification Scheme
Under Validation and Verification:
  1. Level 4: ICAO CORSIA Environmental Technical Manual – Volume IV, ISO 14064-3 Greenhouse gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions, ISO 14066:2011 Greenhouse gases – Competence requirements for greenhouse gas validation teams and verification teams
    Level 5: ICAO CORSIA SARPs – Annex 16 Volume IV
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: To include new sub-scopes under 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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