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What is ISO 17050?

What is ISO/IEC 17050?

ISO/IEC 17050 Supplier Declaration of Conformity: ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004 and ISO/IEC 17050-2:2004 give additional significance to a supplier’s declaration of conformity. These two standards consist of requirements suppliers need meet when they make formal claims that products, services, systems, processes, or materials conform to relevant standards, regulations, or other specifications.

Claims that withhold the conform to the requirements of ISO 17050 are expected to influence the confidence among governments, regulatory authorities, consumers, and end users. The reason being is that the standard is representative of international consensus on good practice and establishes a guide that can be used across all business sectors and in all countries.

ISO 17050’s has a structure referred to as “supplier’s declaration of conformity”, or “SDoC”. An SDoC is one of the ways a supplier can demonstrate conformity and this may be required- for example environmental regulations may require this because conformity gives buyers greater confidence.

Conformity assessment options have included many different aspects such as: inviting customers to verify conformity; engaging a specialized independent body, such as a testing laboratory or inspection service to issue a certificate of conformity. These two options can be time-consuming and that is why SDoC is a good option. SDoC will save you time, meaning products can be developed to market faster. Furthermore, it is also cheaper, and these savings can in turn be passed to the customer.

ISO 17050 puts at the disposal of suppliers an SDoC methodology with greater transparency, added rigor, and globally harmonized practice. This is beneficial and will most likely push ISO/IEC 17050 to be used worldwide. This standard does not remove the requirement of suppliers and manufactures to conform to relevant regulations and legal requirements.

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ISO/IEC 17050 comes in two parts:

ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004 Conformity assessment – Suppliers declaration of conformity – Part 1: General requirements


ISO/IEC 17050-2:2004 Conformity assessment – Suppliers declaration of conformity – Part 2: Supporting documentation

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