ISO 17020

What is ISO/IEC 17020 for Inspection Bodies?

ISO/IEC 17020 specifies requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities. Inspection bodies are characterised as one of three types A, B or C dependent on their level of impartiality. The standard defines criteria for assurance of quality in the operation of organisations who perform inspection.

The standard is applied to a wide variety of industries from process plant integrity through to vehicle inspection (including road, marine and aerospace), through to crimes scene investigations conducted by the police.

In the UK, accreditation to this standard is generally conducted by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) who prove both management system and technical assessment services.