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RISK MANAGEMENT IN CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

Risk assessment is an integral part of conformity assessment of products and of certification of firms. For example in the management system certification process an auditor cannot issue a nonconformity to a management system standard unless a “proven risk” related to this nonconformity is identified. In the framework of conformity assessment, different rules and procedures apply depending on a product’s complexity, degree of potential hazard, sensitiveness, riskiness and also the applicant’s status. Risk management tools are extensively used by conformity assessment bodies and inspection companies: