Governing Board

The Steering Committee of Governing Board

Institute of Accredited Conformity & Assessment Board (IACAB) being an independent (non-profit) corporation is governed by the set laws and regulations. The Steering Committee of Governing Board has overall authority and responsibilities for the operations of IACAB to ensure that the governance policies and procedures shall represent interest of Board Members of IACAB. The terms of reference of this body shall be the following amongst others:

  • Development of policies relating to the operations of IACAB
  • Supervision of the implementation of the policies of IACAB
  • Supervision of the finances of IACAB
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Legal & statutory compliance

The Board delegates to the Chairman of IACAB the responsibility to implement the IACAB policies and procedures.

Impartiality Committee

An independent Impartiality Committee representing the broad range of stakeholders reviews and adjudicates on possible conflicts of interest. IACAB endeavours that relevant interested parties are represented on its impartiality structure, with no single interest predominating. Interested parties are defined in ISO/IEC 17011 as parties with a direct or indirect interest in the accreditation services provided by IACAB. These include the IACAB Itself, Regulatory Authorities, Trade & Industries Associations, NGOs, Academia, Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies and Consumer Rights Forums. However it may not be possible for IACAB to ensure that regulatory authorities are represented in the impartiality Committee considering difficulty of such persons getting formal approval from their employers.

The Impartiality Committee is made up of at least Five Members (Seven members desirable) without predominance by IACAB accredited CABs. When necessary, an expert from a panel/any-interested party may also be invited to participate in the Impartiality Committee meetings other than those who are already members of the Impartiality Committee. The Chief Executive Officer of IACAB is an ex-officio member of the Impartiality Committee but shall have no voting power.

The Impartiality Committee supports the functioning of IACAB accreditation scheme by way of advisory actions and unsolicited advice. The Impartiality Committee may approve of several separate Expert Panels comprising of a single member dealing in their area of expertise. Meetings of the Impartiality Committee are held at least once a year. The present members would elect the chairman of the meeting and the Chief Executive Officer would facilitate the secretarial function. The quorum for the Impartiality Committee should be 60 % of the minimum strength i.e. 3 members. In case of not reaching a unanimous decision on any matters, the Chairperson of that particular meeting shall have the final verdict. The Impartiality Committee shall constitute the Appeals & Dispute Committee (ADC) of minimum three members from amongst the members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) who do not have any interest in the matter under consideration.

Technical Advisory Committee

IACAB ensures that it remains relevant within the technical spheres where it operates an accreditation service. IACAB uses Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide appropriate technical guidance on all matters within a specified field of expertise.

The TAC is a fundamental and vital component of operating a technically relevant accreditation system. Amongst other things, it is a tool to guide technical policy and to provide important mediation support in technical matters to the assessment process within a specified area of accreditation. If this important focus is somehow lost or blurred then problems are bond to arise with potentially damaging consequences to the credibility of the accreditation process.

Given the legal and political implications it is also important that in the regulatory domain, the selection and the use of TAC members for IACAB operation provides the necessary technical depth but with due consideration of stakeholder’s representation.

Each Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provides advice on the development of program requirements and interpretation and / or elaboration of the applicable international conformity assessment standards such as: ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189, ISO/IEC 17043, ISO/IEC 17065, and ISO 14065 & ISO Guide 34:2009.

Accreditation Approval Committee

IACAB Accreditation Approval Committee (AAC) takes decisions regarding granting, extending, reducing, suspending and termination of accreditation. Initially AAC members are drawn from either internal or external experts and the committee ensures that it acts independently and impartially. This may be a single member committee.

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