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ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

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ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Requirements for Certification Bodies

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 is the international standard for the requirements for organizations who provide 3rd party audit and certification services for all kinds of management systems. These requirements address the competence, consistency and impartiality of an accredited Certification Body (CB).  

A CB, also known as an accredited Registrar, is the entity that provides assurance by issuing ISO certifications to companies that have demonstrated their conformity to a given ISO management system standard. An accredited CB will be accredited to ISO/IEC 17021-1, can be non-government and does not need to offer all types of management system certification. 

Being compliant to ISO/IEC 17021-1 demonstrates that you’ve met the requirements to issue ISO management system certifications by providing assurance that your organization: 


  • Uses competent audit teams with adequate resources 

  • Follows a consistent certification process 

  • Reports on audits in a consistent manner 


It also means you are an ACCREDITED Certification Body which means the value of the certificates you issue will be recognized by all stakeholders and the certificates are equal to those offered by another accredited CB, regardless of company size.  


Why become accredited to ISO ISO/IEC 17021-1? 


  • Attaining your accreditation allows you to provide assurance in the management systems of the global market trade. 

  • You’ll also gain new revenue stream opportunities by providing accredited certification services. 

  • Being accredited will demonstrate credibility in your certification process and trust in the value of your certificates. 


ISOP Solutions can help you become ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited. We offer implementation services without the Learning Management System (LMS) component. 

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