IRACS is an ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Certification Body operating scheme for rope access personnel based on ISO 22846 – Personal equipment for protection
against falls – Rope access systems – Code Of Practice
In many areas where, purchaser, user and public confidence in the competence of individuals is extremely important, certification of persons confirms the competence of named individuals to perform specified services or duties. This is achieved through the issuing of a certificate of competence.
Certification bodies for persons or Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are those which are involved in assessing the individuals’ necessary competencies, and ensuring that these are appropriate to the work being performed.
A conformity assessment body running scheme for certification of persons must be able to demonstrate its competence to assess and certify its clients.
Accreditation scheme for the CAB has been developed as per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard to establish an internationally accepted benchmark for organizations assessing and evaluating the skills of personnel. The main objective is to raise confidence, improve productivity and give direction through enhanced skill training to the personnel.
ISO/IEC 17024:2012 has a number of requirements for organizational structure, quality management system elements, competence of personnel, confidentiality, etc. An assessment body must also describe the certification process, how candidates are evaluated and must define periods of recertification. In addition, the CAB must be able to demonstrate how conflict of interest is managed and must have mechanisms in place to objectively evaluate the outcome of the certification process.