» IAF decision log

Technical queries submitted to the IAF are discussed within the relevant Committees or Working Groups to reach a consensus view, and then forwarded for consideration by the Technical Committee (TC) who will aim to ratify them as IAF Decisions. Decisions made by the IAF TC are maintained in the IAF TC Searchable Decision Log which is now publicly accessible through the IAF website

It is important to understand the intention and purpose of these decisions; they represent the consensus view of the IAF TC following discussions at each TC meeting. They are not formal interpretations of the requirements of the conformity assessment standards but are intended to clarify the agreed approach to specific technical issues and situations, usually following questions raised by an IAF member or stakeholder organisation.

Accreditation Bodies and Conformity Assessment Bodies are expected to give due cognisance to these decisions when assessing specific situations, therefore UKAS assessors will be aware of them and may refer to them during assessment activities. The log is updated as decisions are ratified at the scheduled IAF TC meetings (normally every 6 months); please be aware that questions discussed at one TC meeting will not be ratified and finalised until the following meeting.

It is recommended that Conformity Assessment Bodies should make themselves aware of this log and its contents, and review the log on a regular basis.