IQNet Contribution to International Standardization Initiatives


Updated: 29 March 2019


"One of IQNet’s key roles on behalf of its partners and as a major contributor to the body of knowledge relating to Certification is to monitor and input to the on-going development and revision of standards."


In recent years, IQNet investment in this activity has been considerably reinforced, for several different reasons, including impulsion from the IQNet Board, inclusion of outreach in the IQNet Strategic Plan, feedback from the partners’ CEOs and the international standardization context.


IQNet has moved from informal participation and passive monitoring of changes in standards to active participation and influencing developments.



Alister Dalrymple, Director Business Development and Partnerships of AFNOR


AFNOR Certification - Association Française pou l'assurance de la Qualité is an IQNet Full Member since 1990

As IQNet membership is still heavily focused on Management System Certification, it is only logical to begin with the Rules for MS Certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021-1). When ISO CASCO began the development of ISO/IEC 17021, way back in 2003/2004, a number of partners were personally participating as national Standards Bodies delegates. So, as a strategic initiative, IQNet Board of Directors took the decision to take a number of practical steps, including:


a)       formally requesting liaison status with ISO CASCO;

b)       nominating liaison delegates formally on behalf of IQNet;

c)      setting up a corresponding task group within IQNet Standing Committees to monitor, collect input, define a common IQNet position where possible and promote and defend this position;

d)     informing and sharing feedback and providing training for all IQNet partners on on-going matters relating to relevant international standardization.


Given the success of this approach, the Board of Directors now have extended this approach to have formal liaisons with a wide number of standards bodies and certification related bodies. In addition to the successive versions of ISO/IEC 17021-1, the standards concerned cover the revisions of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO/IEC 17011.


Equally, IQNet delegates participate in various committees within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA), ISO’s Conformity Assessment Committee (ISO CASCO) where standardization strategy makers and users gather.


As can been seen from all the above initiatives, IQNet is becoming a clear and an authoritative voice in the World of Management System Standards.