Update of ISO 17021 Part 1: bodies providing audit and certification [INTL]

The International Standardization Organization (ISO) updated Part 1 of the ISO 17021, in June 2015. The update of ISO 17021 concerns “Conformity assessment and Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems”.

The new text establishes the general requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of all types of management systems.

For information, the certification of management systems is a third-party conformity assessment. Therefore, bodies performing this activity are third-party conformity assessment bodies.

Reminder of the publication of new standards

As a reminder, in a press release issued on 16 December 2014, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of three new standards in relation to energy efficiency:

  • ISO 50004:2014 (setting out guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system),
  • ISO 50006:2014 (establishing general principles and guidance  for measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI)),
  • ISO 50015:2014 (setting out general principles and guidance for the measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations).



International Organization for Standardization webpage dedicated to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems