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The CASCO Toolbox

CASCO has produced a number of standards related to conformity assessment practices. These are referred to as the CASCO Toolbox and cover topics such as the operating of testing laboratories, marks of conformity, accreditation and the mutual recognition of conformity assessment results.

Learn more by consulting the full list of CASCO Standards

Presentations on CASCO standards

For some of the recently published CASCO standards, the experts of the Working Groups who developed them have done a Powerpoint presentation to highlight the main elements of the document and show the differences with the former version. The slides can be used by anyone doing a presentation or simply to learn about the new standard.

  • ISO/TS 22003, Food safety management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
    Powerpoint presentation
  • ISO/IEC 17067, Conformity assessment — Fundamentals of product certification and guidelines for product certification schemes
    Powerpoint presentation
  • ISO/IEC 17020, Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
    Powerpoint presentation
  • ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
    Powerpoint presentation
    Background document
  • ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons
    Powerpoint presentation
  • ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems
    An overview (English, Spanish)
    Audit process (English, Spanish)
    Auditor competence (English, Spanish)

CASCO Clarification Process

People working in conformity assessment sometimes have questions about how to interpret ISO/IEC standards on this topic. In order to ensure consistency in the implementation of its standards, CASCO has set up a clarification process (replacing the former interpretation process). The clarification is done by the maintenance group responsible for the specific ISO/IEC conformity assessment standards (17000 series) and the clarification decision represents a consensus position on the intent of the working group. Clarifications cannot be considered as new requirements. These are considered for inclusion in the relevant standards only when they are revised. Until they are included in a standard they have no binding effect and are implemented at the discretion of interested parties

Clarifications are published here.

Note: prior October 2013 all requests were processed as interpretations (see interpretations below)

How to make a Clarification request

More details on clarification requests can be found in the document Casco Clarification Process which includes a form for requesting clarifications

Please note: Interpretation/Clarification requests for standards developed by other Committees in ISO should be referred directly to the secretary of the committee in question.

Workshops

CASCO annually holds workshops in conjunction with its plenary meetings. These workshops are designed to allow a fruitful exchange of experience and practice in the fields covered. Topics covered can be seen below. More information, including past presentations, can be found by clicking on the links.

For more information on these workshops and how to get involved please contact casco@iso.org.

CASCO communiqués

CASCO has issued a number of important joint communiqués with regard to the transition to revised CASCO documents or to specifically address an important issue that requires clarification. These are given below and can be accessed directly.

2013

September - Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communiqué
Management Systems Requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012


2011

February - Joint IAF-ISO Communiqué
Transition to ISO/IEC 17021:2011 (PDF, 30 kB)


2009

November - Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communiqués
ISO, ILAC and IAF streamline quality management requirements for medical laboratories

August - Joint IAF-ISO Communiqués
Expected outcomes for accredited certification to ISO 9001 (PDF, 37 kB)
Expected outcomes for accredited certification to ISO 14001 (PDF, 43 kB)

January - Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communiqué
Management Systems Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories (PDF, 79 kB)

Contact CASCO

Sean MacCurtain
Sean MacCurtain
CASCO Secretary
ISO Central Secretariat

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Useful publications

Building trust

A handbook covering all aspects of conformity assessment and its role in international trade.

ISO certificate survey - 2012

Find out how many certificates to ISO management standards are awarded in each country, each year.