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Conformity Assessment

Introduction

The International Standard for Conformity Assessment is ISO/IEC 17000 Conformity Assessment—Vocabulary and General Principles (November 1, 2004). Conformity assessment principles were previously included in ISO/IEC Guide 2 but the connection between these documents remains since ISO/IEC 17000 is a normative reference in ISO/IEC Guide 2. The notion of conformity is fairly intuitive in many situations but becomes more difficult to define as the complexity of the subject matter increases, as in computer programs. As indicated in the Scope of ISO/IEC 17000, it is impractical to fully define all of the terms that occur in various examples of conformity assessment. Conformity assessment, briefly put, is a determination ...

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