Objectives and structure of CASCO
ISO/CASCO is ISO's policy development committee on conformity assessment, reporting to the ISO Council. CASCO, as it is commonly referred to, was established in 1970 to study means of conformity assessment, prepare documents concerning the practice and operation of conformity assessment, and to promote their use.
CASCO's terms of reference and objectives are to:
- Study means of assessing the conformity of products, processes, services and management systems to appropriate standards or other technical specifications
- Prepare standards and guides relating to the practice of testing, inspection and certification of products, processes and services, and to the assessment of management systems, testing laboratories, inspection, certification and accreditation bodies, and their operation and acceptance
- Promote mutual recognition and acceptance of national and regional conformity assessment systems, and the appropriate use of International Standards for testing, inspection, certification, assessment and related purposes.
CASCO membership is open to all ISO member bodies as participating (P) or observer (O) members, with both developing and industrialized countries well represented.
CASCO also assists in fulfilling objective 6 of the ISO Strategic Plan 2005-2010: Being the recognized provider of International Standards and guides relating to conformity assessment.
CASCO has a structure that reflects it's various roles of policy development, writing of technical documents, promotion of those documents and monitoring market feedback on the use of those documents. A continual improvement cycle is in place to ensure that CASCO provides globally relevant documents that reflect modern conformity assessment practice.
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