The standard includes requirements for the development and norma iec 61511 pdf of the certification scheme for persons upon which the certification is based. IEC 17024:2012 updated in July 2012. The major changes between the 2003 version and the 2012 version is the detailed information regarding the development of the scheme for certification of persons. The 2003 version required the Certification Body to have a Scheme Committee who had overall responsibility for the development of the scheme but did not elaborate on the components that must be included in the scheme.
Certification Body for Persons”, defining of additional terms such as “validity” and “reliability”, and the addition of a “principles” section that defines the foundational principles for the standard. This section describes the general requirements for Certification Bodies for Persons. This section describes the structural requirements for Certification Bodies for Persons. Structural requirements contain criteria for the organizational structure of the Certification Body for Persons including how it is managed. Specific requirements relating to the structure of the Certification Body in relation to training is included in this section. Specifically, if the certification body also offers training it must demonstrate how the impartiality of the certification is not compromised by the training. This section describes the resource requirements for Certification Bodies for Persons.
Resource requirements include criteria for the personnel and staff of the Certification Body for Persons. This section also includes requirements for other resources such as examination equipment required to operate the certification activities. This section describes the records and information requirements for Certification Bodies for Persons. The requirements include criteria relating to the records of applicants, candidates and certified persons. This section includes requirements for the development and maintenance of the certification scheme. Criteria for the initial certification and recertification must be part of the scheme and includes description of the assessment methods, and the criteria for suspending and withdrawing the certification. This section includes requirements for the certification process including criteria for the certification application process, assessment process, examination process, and the decision on certification.