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ISO publishes ISO/IEC 17029:2019

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The validation or verification of information declared in claims is a key way of demonstrating that what is said is reliable and true. ISO/IEC 17029 – Conformity assessment – General requirements for verification and validation bodies was published on 30 October 2019, and will ensure the validators and verifiers are competent, providing Regulators with confidence in claims made.

The new standard contains general principles and requirements for the impartial, competent and consistent provision of validation and verification activities by validation and verification bodies. The standard is applicable to organisations in any sector and can be used in conjunction with sector specific programmes and schemes that contain requirements for their processes and procedures. The standard will serve as a framework standard for all types of verification in a wider range of conformity assessments, to which new sector-specific standards can refer.

The document provides confirmation that claims are either plausible with regards to the intended future use (validation) or truthfully stated (verification).

Current examples for validation/verification as accredited under ISO 14065 as conformity assessment activities include greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (e.g. according to ISO 14064-3), the Forestry Commission Woodland Carbon Code, the ICAO CORSIA scheme and the EU Shipping MRV scheme.  Existing accreditation programmes under ISO 14065:2013 will continue until transition arrangements are finalised.

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ISO 14065 is currently being revised (due for publication in 2020/21) and the scope will be expanded to cover schemes for environmental labelling, declarations and footprints (e.g. according to ISO 14020 series, such as the environmental product declaration or EPD), sustainability or environmental reporting (e.g. according to ISO 14016).

Potential new applications under ISO/IEC 17029 include claims relating to construction technology, energy management, financial management, industrial automation systems, software and systems engineering, artificial intelligence, information technology, healthcare products and medical devices, machine safety, safety and design engineering, and social responsibility. Further information can be found on the ISO website.

The standard was developed with input from stakeholders all over the world, including from IAF member Accreditation Bodies. Accreditation Bodies are developing programmes to provide accreditation for schemes under the new standard and will seek expressions of interest in due course. They have also started providing training packages to share an understanding of the standard and to support applicants through the accreditation process. The October IAF General Assembly approved to extend the IAF MLA scope to include this newly published standard.

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