ASI and its personnel understand the importance of impartiality, managing conflicts of interest and ensuring objectivity of accreditation activities.
ASI strives to inspire confidence in the management and implementation of its accreditation program for applicants, accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), scheme owners and other stakeholders by applying the following principles:
- ASI does not offer or provide any accreditation services offered by national accreditation bodies.
- ASI is committed to transparent processes, and publishes policies and procedures affecting applicants and CABs on its website.
- ASI strives to accurately convey information about its activities to all interested parties, including posting relevant information on its website and publishing an annual report which summarizes its activity and accounts.
- ASI is non-discriminatory and accepts applications from CABs operating anywhere in the world. CABs are invoiced based on cost in accordance with a publicly available fee schedule.
- ASI accreditation is based on objective evidence evaluated in fair assessments, and is not influenced by other interests or other parties.
- ASI makes and documents accreditation decisions in accordance with defined policies and procedures. All recommendations are subjected to independent review and decision-making processes.
- ASI has a transparent dispute management system for complaints, appeals and incidents.
- ASI identifies, evaluates and monitors any risks to impartiality on an ongoing basis, including conflicts of interest arising from its relationships with other bodies or the relationships of its personnel. The results of risk evaluation are regularly reviewed by management.
- ASI implements actions to avoid or mitigate risks that are evaluated as unacceptable.
- The Impartiality Committee – an independent committee made up of members representing ASI’s key interested parties – is informed of the results of the evaluation of potential conflicts of interest and other risks to its impartiality.
- Conflict of interest is addressed through binding agreements with personnel, to ensure that all activities are conducted in an independent and objective manner.
- ASI implements adequate arrangements to safeguard the confidentiality of information obtained.
ASI Managing Director
11 May 2016