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What are the scopes of the IAF MLA?

20 Apr 2021

The scope of the IAF MLA includes two components, main scope and sub-scope.

 

Currently there are five main scopes for the IAF MLA: Management Systems Certification, Product Certification, Certification of Persons, Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification, and Validation and Verification.

 

Sub-scopes are divided into two categories (Level 4 and Level 5), as described in section 4 of IAF PR4: Structure of the IAF MLA and List of IAF Endorsed Normative Documents.

 

IAF has endorsed the following sub-scopes:

 

Under Management Systems Certification:

 

  1. Level 4: ISO/TS 22003 Food safety management systems– Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
    Level 5: ISO 22000 Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
  2. Level 4: ISO/IEC 27006 Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems
    Level 5: ISO/IEC 27001 Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management systems – Requirements
  3. Level 4: ISO/IEC 17021-2 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
    Level 5: ISO 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  4. Level 4: ISO/IEC 17021-3 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems
    Level 5: ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements
  5. Level 4: ISO 50003 Energy management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems
    Level 5: ISO 50001 Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
  6. Level 4: n.a.
    Level 5: ISO 13485 Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes
  7. Level 4: ISO/IEC TS 17021-10 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 10: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of occupational health and safety management systems
    Level 5: ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
  8. Level 4: ISO/TS 22003 Food safety management systems– Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems, FAMI-QS Rules for Certification Bodies
    Level 5: FAMI-QS Certification Scheme Code
  9. Level 4: ISO/TS 22003 Food safety management systems– Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems, FSSC 22000 Scheme Part 3 – Requirements for the Certification Process, FSSC 22000 Scheme Part 4 – Requirements for Certification Bodies
    Level 5: FSSC 22000 Scheme Part 2 – Requirements for organizations to be audited

 

Under Product Certification:

 

  1. Level 4: GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) General Regulations
    Level 5: GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Control Points and Compliance Criteria

Under Certification of Persons:

 

  1. Level 4: n.a.
    Level 5: IPC Management System Auditors Certification Scheme

Under GHG Validation and Verification:

 

  1. Level 4: ICAO CORSIA Environmental Technical Manual – Volume IV, ISO 14064-3 Greenhouse gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions, ISO 14066:2011 Greenhouse gases – Competence requirements for greenhouse gas validation teams and verification teams
    Level 5: ICAO CORSIA SARPs – Annex 16 Volume IV

A main scope means certificates are ‘equally reliable’ because the conformity assessment bodies conform to the same standard.

 

A sub-scope means the certificates are ‘equivalent’ because the management systems, products, services or persons conform to the same standard.