Chapter IV : Accreditation

DIVISION I: ACCREDITATION PROCESS

49. A body constituted as a legal person that applies to the Board for accreditation and, in the opinion of the Board, complies with the applicable accreditation manual is entitled to accreditation to certify products as compliant with a specification manual or with the standards defined by regulation of the Minister.

For the purposes of this Act, the administrative unit of the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec referred to as the “Bureau de normalisation du Québec” in section 16 of the Act respecting the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (chapter C-8.1) is considered a body constituted as a legal person.

The Board must satisfy itself that the applicant body has the capacity to administer a certification program based on the specification manual or the standards defined by regulation of the Minister.

2006, c. 4, s. 49.

50. A body's application for accreditation must be submitted with all the documents specified in the applicable accreditation manual and the regulations. It must also be submitted with a list of the parties registered with the body and a list of the products that the body intends to certify.

2006, c. 4, s. 50.

51. The Board may require the applicant body to provide any other document or information it considers relevant to the assessment of the application. It may demand to be allowed to visit, as provided for in the applicable accreditation manual, the facilities of the applicant body and of the parties registered with the applicant body.

2006, c. 4, s. 51.

52. If of the opinion that the applicant body does not meet the standards and criteria set out in the applicable accreditation manual, the Board must first give the applicant body an opportunity to submit its observations, then give reasons for its decision to deny accreditation.

2006, c. 4, s. 52.

DIVISION II: EFFECT OF ACCREDITATION

53. On the expiry of a period of 15 days after the date on which the Board sends the interested parties its decision granting accreditation to the certification body, the Board gives notice of the decision in the Gazette officielle du Québec. The decision becomes effective on the date of publication of the notice.

2006, c. 4, s. 53.

54. Accreditation gives the certification body for a recognized reserved designation or authorized added-value claim the power or obligation

(1) to administer a certification program that complies with the applicable accreditation manual;

(2) to refrain from unduly limiting the accessibility of its services for those to whom a specification manual or a regulation authorizing an added-value claim applies or whose activities are regulated by such a manual or regulation;

(3) to certify products bearing the recognized reserved designation as compliant with the specification manual or to certify products bearing the authorized added-value claim as compliant with the regulation of the Minister;

(4) to ensure that the parties registered with the certification body comply with the specification manual or with the standards defined by regulation of the Minister;

(5) to receive any proposed amendment to a specification manual and forward it to the Board;

(6) to keep an up-to-date list of the parties registered with the certification body, including their business contact information, and an up-to-date list of the products it certifies, and provide access to those lists, which are public information; and

(7) to impose a contribution on the parties registered with the certification body to cover its operating costs.

2006, c. 4, s. 54.

DIVISION III: WITHDRAWAL OF ACCREDITATION

55. Before withdrawing the accreditation of a certification body, the Board must inform the certification body of the reasons for its decision and, if applicable, of the corrective action to be taken to avoid withdrawal. The Board must also give the certification body an opportunity to submit its observations.

2006, c. 4, s. 55.

56. On the expiry of a period of 15 days after the date on which the Board sends the interested parties a decision to withdraw accreditation, the Board gives notice of the decision in the Gazette officielle du Québec. The withdrawal becomes effective on the date of publication of the notice.

2006, c. 4, s. 56.

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