Considering the need for international interactions and maintaining the interests of IR of Iran in trade competitions either at national or international levels, the duties and responsibilities of assessing and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies are delegated to ISIRI. Recognizing the need for establishing an independent and impartial center delivering accreditation services, lead to establishment of Iran Accreditation System (IAS) in 1996. During the joint meeting of IAF and ILAC in 2003, IAS signed an MoU with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and became a member body to this Forum. Later, IAS joined PAC and ILAC; however, the international eligibility of IAS to the mentioned forums is subject to signing MLA and MRA multilateral recognition agreement.
IAS changed its name to National Accreditation Center of Iran (NACI) in 2010 and performs its responsibilities as an independent center under the direct supervision of ISIRI President since 2012.
The responsibility of ISIRI in accreditation:
1- Implementation of legislation and regulations, including Section 7 of the implementing regulations of Article 33 of the Law on Amendment of the Law of the Fourth Economic, Social and Cultural development plan by ceding part of the tenure of the government bodies to accreditation and conformity assessment bodies, including the following bodies:
· Certification Bodies of Management Systems as per ISO/ IEC 17021
· Test and Calibration laboratories as per ISO/IEC 17025 including codes and related regulations
· Inspection Bodies as per ISO/IEC 17020 including codes and related regulations
· Products Certification Bodies as per ISO/IEC 17065
· Bodies certifying persons as per ISO/IEC 17024
· Laboratories providing proficiency testing schemes as per ISO/IEC 17043
· Medical laboratories as per ISO 15189
· Reference material producers as per ISO Guide 34
· Delivering consultancy services according tothe codes and related regulations
2- Conducting research and collecting the required information regarding the terms and conditions for accreditation and conformity assessment and analyzing them for the use in preparing the terms and conditions, designing and documentation and implementation of the required management system as per ISO/ IEC 17011 and international regulations
3- Collaboration in preparation and development of needed relevant standards for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies by analyzing the collected information and document and using them in developing the national standards in this field.
4- Providing necessary condition for becoming a member body to international forums and being accepted in International Multilateral and Mutual Recognition Arrangement MLA and MRA by creating and maintaining relationships, cooperation and coordination with regional and international organizations that are active in different fields mentioned above in part 1 and ISO/ CASCO.
5- Keeping interactions with other countries’ accreditation bodies in order to share information, experience and collaborations in executive affairs
6- National registration of accreditation certificates for Bodies, Laboratories and Consultants referring to item 1 above and publishing the relevant list in ISIRI website.
7- Conducting promotional and informative activities concerning terms and conditions and any other issue relating to accreditation of Bodies, Laboratories and Consultants mentioned in item 1 in the most effective way such as holding seminars, workshops and publications.
8- Submitting comments relating to draft international standards related to accreditation, participation in international meetings and forums in order to contribute in the development of international standards
9- Enjoying the expertise and experience of the approved outside assessors and professionals in different fields according to national and international regulations as necessary
10- Identifying and assessing the training needs of NACI staffs and approved outside assessors and professionals, making necessary arrangements for delivering related training and continuous updating of knowledge and capabilities