What should I look for when I need a Design or Field Approval? Do they need ISO 9001 certification or ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation?
Many companies provide inspection services, sometimes at a low cost or high cost. Before commissioning an organisation to undertake such work, it is important to know the risks. Ask yourself:
Are you confident that the organisation has the technical competence to undertake the work in question?
Are you satisfied that the organisation has the resources to do the work?
Are your needs for impartiality and integrity met by the application of suitable procedures in the organisation?
Are you confident that the organisation has an adequate quality management system in place to provide a service that consistently meets your needs and expectations?
The technical competence of an inspection body depends on a number of factors including:
staff with sound knowledge, skills, experience and professional judgement
the right equipment – properly maintained and, where necessary, calibrated
appropriate sampling practices
sound inspection procedures
accurate recording and reporting of evidence and inspection results
adequate quality assurance and quality control
Knowledge of national and local compliance regulations
When selecting a supplier to fulfill your inspection needs, you need to be confident that the Inspection Body can supply you with a technically competent service and with consistently reliable results.
ENEFEN is the FIRST Inspection Body in Canada accredited to ISO/IEC 17020-2012. For more information see our About Us web page.
A complete version of the IAF/ILAC brochure "How do I gain confidence in an Inspection Body?" can be found at www. ilac.org.