The importance of the value of the services performed by a Competent Body and by a Third Party Body – in reference to the activities of assessment, inspection, laboratory and educational, and training – which they provide with respect to the management of regulated Compliance issues, in order to guarantee economic benefits and high quality to the market in general, to their customers and to the Interested Parties (Stakeholders) has its basis in:
- the commitment to creating a representative, strong and credible international system that truly represents a network of qualified and/or accredited Competent Body and Third-Party services linked to the general and specific issues of regulated Compliance;
- bringing the worlds of standardization, qualification, certification and accreditation and Compliance certification closer together, for the benefit of the economic and social community and all Stakeholders;
- the commitment to raising the awareness of the market and of all the Stakeholders involved in these Compliance management processes- at the various levels and in the various modes and responsibilities – of the benefits of the accredited and/or qualified activities related to the Assessment, the Inspection, to the Laboratory and to the Educational and Training compliance activities;
- the commitment to increasing the spheres, schemes and specifications of evaluation, certification, inspection, laboratory analysis and training, qualified and/or accredited according to the national and international standards required by the market and its customers;
- the continuous commitment to undertaking and maintaining an open and continual dialogue with the community and the players active within the Regulated Compliance sector, with reference to the standardization, qualification and accreditation of the activities of Competent Bodies and Third-Party Bodies.
ICN’s aim is to establish an open standard register that brings together international legal entities operating in the sectors of:
- certification of management systems, for products/processes/services, according to international standards respectively:
- ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – part 1
- ISO/IEC 17065:2012 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
- ISO/IEC 17024: 2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons
- and/or other national and/or international and/or sectoral regulations recognized and accepted internationally in relation to the certification of other management systems, products/processes/services and the competencies of persons;
- inspection according to the international standard ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection and/or other national and/or international and/or sectoral regulations recognized and accepted internationally in relation to the product/process/service inspection activities;
- laboratory activities carried out according to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories and/or other national and/or international and/or sectoral regulations recognized and accepted internationally in relation to Laboratory activities;
- of education and training activities according to the international standard ISO 21001: 2018 Educational organizations – Management systems for educational organizations – Requirements with guidance for use and/or other national and/or international and/or sectoral regulations recognized and accepted internationally in relation to Educational and Training activities in the field of on Regulatory Compliance.