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Risk assessment of impartiality

We just had external audit ob ISO 17025 and is just seekings some info on risk assessment of impartiality to be done with every inspection assignments . We are sprinkler inspection group inspection systems at client sites to the design standard followed and current performance, but only Certification was via *** although we are not a lab and testing in a lab. Therefore generic examples are the same but detail we are looking for other inspection services not laborotary base who are ISO 17025 certified and how they interpret impartiality compliance?
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Tracey Evans Feb 28, 2022

Although there are best practice approaches which are common between ISO 17025 (testing) and inspection organisation activities, I cannot comment on how other inspection services such as yourselves handle impartiality as this is not in the scope of ISO 17025. Inspection accreditation programs are based on ISO/IEC 17020 requirements (Conformity assessment — Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection).

What I can suggest is look at ILAC P15:05/2020 Application of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies has been published and is available from https://ilac.org/publications-and-resources/ilac-policy-series/

As a best practice you need to state your approach (which meets your requiremensts) and implement it, so example perhaps by a onsite risk assessment for impartiality before starting an inspection, which should be clear and not too time consuming. 

For more information on how impartiality is managed in the ISO 17025 context, have a look at my replies on the topic:

Assuring impartiality and confidentiality at https://community.advisera.com/topic/assuring-impartiality-and-confidentiality/

and Impartiality at https://community.advisera.com/topic/impartiality.

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