Whether you are a regulator or a standards’ development or conformity assessment body, this on-line support will help you identify existing conformity assessment tools, consider possible conformity assessment routes and select the solution that better suits your goals.

This online support is made of different sections that cover the basics of conformity assessment, the ISO/CASCO toolbox and offer examples from around the world, including Brazil for toy safety, Singapore for electrical products, New Zealand for public utilities and Australia for agricultural production. Users of this tool can easily navigate the material via the links provided at their own pace. Some topics have links to relevant standards and other documents containing more detail, or further sources of information.


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Conformity assessment concepts

This section describes the basic concepts of conformity assessment, conformity assessment techniques and how they can be combined to create a scheme. It outlines possible claims of conformity and explains who can perform conformity assessment activities and what the outcomes are.

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Conformity assessment in practice

When considering the use of conformity assessment in regulations some key considerations should be kept in mind and a number of suggested steps can be used.

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Conformity assessment case studies

This section provides concrete examples of referencing the International Standards and Guides contained in the CASCO toolbox in regulation, and using conformity assessment schemes in various regulated sectors.

What is conformity assessment?

Conformity assessment is the term given to techniques and activities that ensure a product, process, service, management system, person or organisation fulfils specified requirements.

Since the 1970s the ISO policy committee on conformity assessment (ISO/CASCO) has published a series of International Standards and Guides that contain internationally agreed provisions for conformity assessment. These International Standards and Guides are revised and republished on a regular basis and are known collectively as the ‘ISO/CASCO toolbox’.

Why does it matter?

Every day conformity assessment impacts our lives from the time we wake up, when we turn on an electric switch, when we buy and consume our food, when we travel, when we are at work or play, when we answer the phone, when we use a health service, when we are enjoying the outdoors, when we turn on the television, when we relax in the evening and even when we are sleeping.

Conformity assessment matters as it gives all of us confidence and certainty about the environment in which we live.

Conformity assessment can be used in societies on a voluntary or regulatory (mandatory) basis. It can be used by regulators to help them implement public policy objectives, to confirm compliance and take corrective actions where necessary. When designed and used appropriately, mandatory conformity assessment requirements can enable efficient market operation and access, and protect health, safety and the environment.