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ISO/IEC TS 17021-6:2014 Conformity assessment-Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems-Part 6: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of business continuity management systems

This Technical Secification is linked to the ISO 22301 and is a complement to the existing requirements of the ISO/IEC 17021:2011 reflecting required types of knowledge and skills that a certification body shall address to specific functions. It includes specific competence requirements for personnel involved in the certification process for business continuity management systems (BCMS) and the ISO 22301.

The scope ISO/IEC TS 17021-6 is not limited to the competence of the auditors only, but covers other certification personnel as well: personnel conducting the application review to determine audit team competence required, to select the audit team members, and to determine the audit time; personnel reviewing audit reports and making certification decisions; and audit team leaders, as described in the Annex A Required knowledge and skills of ISO/IEC 17021.


Wolfgang Mahr (Switzerland), the project leader responsible for the development of ISO/IEC TS 17021-6,  explains:

"It has been recognized that the competence and experience of third-party management system auditor teams is a significant element that can affect the quality and reliability of certification processes and decisions and may therefore affect the perceptions of the value that ISO management system standards provide.

ISO/IEC TS 17021-1 was a joint project set up between ISO/TC 223 and CASCO and complements the ISO 22300 series as well as the ISO 17021 series. Its common practice within the ISO management system standards committees to work togeteher with CASCO and similar documents have previously been developed for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001."

ISO/IEC TS 17021-6:2014, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 6: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of business continuity management systems, is available from ISO national member institutes . It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.


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