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INFORMATION OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE TO CERTIFICATION BODIES PROVIDING CERTIFICATION OF MS

On 14th May 2017 European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) published a mandatory document ЕА-7/04 М: 2017 „Legal Compliance as a part of Accredited ISO 14001:2015 Certification" for certification bodies for certification of environmental management systems that is available on EA website (www.european-accreditation.org).

This document replaced the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2007 and the revision of the document was made for the purpose of harmonizing with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs accredited CBs certifying Environmental Management Systems that they are obliged to implement, without any delay, the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2017 when performing certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2015, whereas for performing certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2005, they should continue using the previous version of the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2007.

ATS will check and assess the application of the requirements of the new version of the said document during the first upcoming assessment and will use it in the future as a reference document for the assessment of bodies for certification of management systems providing services of certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2015.

In accordance with the Rules of Accreditation, accredited CBs for certification of management systems should submit all management systems documents that are amended in order to meet the requirements from ЕА-7/04 М: 2017, with clear identification of amendments, to ATS by 10th September 2017.