Requirements

This information is for reference only and is not intended to be a complete list of documents required for any management systems. Links are provided to verify current versions and/or to download or purchase the referenced documents. See How to Become an GAAS-Accredited CB for more information about the initial accreditation process. 

Reference Documents for Management Systems CBs

GAAS requires that CBs for all types of management systems conform to the most recent versions of:

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems

MA 5000, GAAS Management Systems Accreditation Manual

Applicable GAAS Accreditation Rules

PR 1018, Policy on Use of GAAS Accreditation Symbols and Claims of Accreditation Status

As applicable, current versions available from GAAS:

GAAS MD 1, GAAS Mandatory Document for the Audit and Certification of a Management System Operated by a Multi-Site Organization

GAAS MD 2, GAAS Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems

GAAS MD 3, Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures (ASRP)

GAAS MD 4, GAAS Mandatory Document for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes

GAAS MD 5, Determination of Audit Time of Quality and Environmental Management Systems

GAAS MD 7, Harmonization of Sanctions

GAAS MD 9, Application of ISO/IEC 17021 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)

GAAS MD 13, Knowledge Requirements for Accreditation Body Personnel for Information Security Management Systems (ISO/IEC 27001)

GAAS MD 15, GAAS Mandatory Document for the Collection of Data to Provide Indicators of Management System Certification Bodies' Performance

GAAS MD 16, Application of ISO/IEC 17011 for the Accreditation of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) Certification Bodies

GAAS MD 17, Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies

GAAS MD 18, Application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 in the Service Management Sector (ISO/IEC 20000-1)

GAAS MD 21, Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007

GAAS MD 22, Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Additional standards and/or other requirements for each GAAS accreditation program are identified on the relevant area of this site for the program.

Requirements for Accreditation Bodies

GAAS operates according to the requirements of:

ISO/IEC 17011:2017, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies (available from ANSI)

GAAS/ILAC A5:11/2013, GAAS/ILAC Multi-lateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements: Application of ISO/IEC 17011 (available from GAAS)

GAAS MD 4:2018, GAAS Mandatory Document for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes (available from GAAS)

GAAS MD 12:2016, Accreditation Assessment of Conformity Assessment Bodies with Activities in Multiple Countries (available from GAAS)

GAAS MD 8:2017,  Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2004 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485) (available from GAAS)