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General Information
Documents for the accreditation of inspection bodies
Orquestra System
Operational Flow Steps
Maintenance of Accreditation
Accreditation Extension
Changes in the Accreditation
Extraordinary Assessments
Suspension, Reduction and Withdrawal of the Accreditation
Frequently asked questions
Dispositions about the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies

General Information

The accreditation of Inspection Bodies is conducted according to the requirements established in the standards ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and NIT-DIOIS-008.

The accreditation of inspection bodies is granted to a scope, which is defined based on the type of inspection, approval criteria and/or type of inspected product.

Cgcre accredits bodies which conduct inspections in the areas below:

- Vehicle Safety (OIA-SV) - Assessment of road motor or towed vehicles by means of visual, mechanized and automated inspection, aiming to prove the compliance with the safety and environmental requirements established by Conmetro, Inmetro, Contran and Denatran. The specific criteria for the accreditation of vehicle safety inspection bodies are described in NIT-DIOIS-002.

Accredited inspection bodies in the area of vehicle safety shall comply with the existing legislations regarding the process of vehicle safety inspection, available at the following web sites: www.inmetro.gov.br/qualidade and www.denatran.gov.br.

- Road Equipment for Transportation of Dangerous Products (OIA-PP) – Assessment and conformity attestation of road equipment that transports bulk dangerous products, based on the technical regulations related to Inmetro, Brazilian Ministry of Transportation, ANP (Brazilian Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas & Biofuels) and ANTT (Brazilian Agency for Overland Transport). The inspections are carried out at inspection places licensed by Cgcre. The specific criteria for the accreditation of inspection bodies of road equipment for transportation of dangerous products are described in NIT-DIOIS-004.

- Road Vehicles for Transportation of Dangerous Products (OIVA) – Assessment and conformity attestation of road vehicles used in the transportation of dangerous products, based on the technical regulations related to Inmetro, Brazilian Ministry of Transportation, ANP (Brazilian Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas & Biofuels), ANTT (Brazilian Agency for Overland Transport), Contran (Brazilian National Traffic Council), Denatran (Brazilian Traffic Department), Ibama (Brazilian Institute for the Environment & Renewable Natural Resources) and Conama (Brazilian Environmental Council). The specific criteria for the accreditation of inspection bodies of road vehicles for transportation of dangerous products are described in NIT-DIOIS-005.

- Non-Destructive Testing (OIA-END) – Evaluation of homogeneity and structural integrity of materials and equipment through testing that does not compromise subsequent use, such as: testing by radiography, magnetic particles, ultrasound, etc. The specific criteria for the accreditation of inspection bodies performing non-destructive testing are described in NIT-DIOIS-003.

- Electrical Installations (OIA-IE) – Assessment of a new installation, expansion or reform of an existing installation through document review, visual inspection and tests, with the purpose of proving the conformity with the requirements of ABNT NBR 5410:2004. The specific criteria for the accreditation of electrical installation inspection bodies are described in NIT-DIOIS-011.

- Pre-shipment (OIA-PE) – Assessment of industrial products through visual or mechanized inspection, and/or tests, in order to prove the compliance with contractual, normative and/or regulatory requirements, with the purpose of exportation. The specific criteria for the accreditation of pre-shipment inspection bodies are described in NIT-DIOIS-009.

- Energy Efficiency of Commercial, Service and Public Buildings (OIA-EE) – Process of evaluation of a project or building aiming at proving its conformity with the requirements of RTQ-C (Quality Technical Regulation) and RAC-C (Conformity Assessment Regulation). The purpose of this process is to issue an Energy Conservation National Label (Etiqueta Nacional de Conservação de Energia, ENCE in Portuguese), attesting the level of energy efficiency of the project or building. The specific criteria for the accreditation of inspection bodies for Energy Efficiency of Commercial, Service and Public Buildings are described in NIT-DIOIS-012.

- Internal distribution network of fuel gases in residential installations and installation of gas apparatus for residential use (OIA-IG) – Assessment process of internal distribution network of fuel gases in residential installations and installation of gas apparatus for residential use. The specific criteria for the accreditation of bodies for the inspection of internal distribution network of fuel gases in residential installations and installation of gas apparatus for residential use are established in NIT-DIOIS-015.

 



Documents for the accreditation of inspection bodies

Cgcre establishes normative documents (NIE-CGCRE, NIT-DIOIS), which also comprise requirements for accreditation, and the conformity of the body to these requirements is evaluated in all accreditation steps.

Documents for the accreditation of inspection bodies

Orquestra System

The ORQUESTRA system is based on the Business Process Management (BPM) methodology which provides automation, better management and optimization of accreditation processes, besides allowing bodies already accredited, or whose accreditation is in process, easy access to the information of their processes of granting or extending accreditation.
With the implementation of this tool, all applications for granting or extending accreditation shall be made through the ORQUESTRA System.

Manual for ORQUESTRA system


Operational Flow Steps

Deadlines established by Cgcre:

The standard NIT-DIOIS-006 establishes the deadlines for all steps in the process.

Accrediation Application
Application Review
Designation of the Assessment Team
Document Review
Initial Assessment
Accreditation Decision
Accreditation Formalization

Accreditation Application

A login and a password for access to the “ORQUESTRA” system shall be requested to Diois, by e-mail oi@inmetro.gov.br. This system provides automation, better management and optimization of accreditation processes, besides allowing inspection bodies easy access to information about their processes of granting or extending accreditation.

The password shall be changed in the following way: click on the icon “configurações pessoais” (personal settings), to fill the field “senha” (password) and click on "atualizar" (update).

After accessing the "ORQUESTRA" system, the user must click on “Fluxos que Posso Iniciar (Flows I can begin)” and “Diois – Processo de Acreditação (Accreditation Process)” and fill in task T1, which is the electronic application form.

The applicant body shall annex to Orquestra system, preferably in task T1, all documents relevant to the applied accreditation type. It is emphasized that two hard copies of the Commitment Statement of Accreditation (TCA), signed by the legal representative of the body, shall be sent to Cgcre´s Accreditation Support Section (Secre). Along with TCA, a copy of the following documents shall also be sent: the articles of organization of the body, ID and Individual's Identifying Number of the signatory of the TCA.

The address to send the TCA is:

Secre

Rua Santa Alexandrina, 416, 9th floor, Zip Code: 20.261-232, Rio Comprido - RJ - Brazil.

The body shall submit all the required documents. If any document is missing or inadequate, a deadline of 30 (thirty) days is allowed for completing the documentation. The failure in sending the complete documentation results in the non-acceptance of the application and the return of the documentation.


Application Review

A review is conducted to ensure that Cgcre has the resources necessary for the immediate start of the assessment process. If not, the body is notified and kept informed on actions taken by Cgcre to answer the application.

If there are resources for the immediate start of the process, an Accreditation Manager (AM) is designated as the person in charge for managing the process and contacts with the body, except in matters related to financial activities, which are the responsibility of Cgcre’s Accreditation Support Section (secre@inmetro.gov.br).

 

Designation of the Assessment Team

For assessment of Inspection Bodies, Cgcre has a list of assessors and experts trained and qualified by Cgcre for this activity. These professionals linked to Inmetro or other organizations are specialized in different activity areas.

The assessment team is defined in terms of the applied scope and the availability of the assessor/expert to conduct the job. It is subjected to approval by the body, which has the right to object the appointment of assessors/experts, upon justification included in the "mensagens (messages)" field in the ORQUESTRA System.


Document Review

The assessment team reviews all the documentation sent, based on the requirements established by Cgcre, and records the found non-conformities in a report that is sent to the accreditation applicant for the implementation of corrective actions. Following the implementation, the applicant shall register in the "ORQUESTRA” system, in the appropriate task, that the applicant is ready to receive the assessment visit.

In this step, supplementary documents may be requested to the body in order to clarify details and/or assist the team in the preparation for the assessment visit.


Initial Assessment

The initial assessment is a visit of the assessment team to the facilities subject of the accreditation application and to the associated facilities, which the body is subordinated to, in order to check, by means of objective evidences:

a) the implementation of the management system established in the Quality Manual and associated documentation, which shall meet accreditation requirements;
b) the technical competence of the inspection body to perform the services for which the accreditation was applied for.

All documents and records regarding the inspection body management system and services for which the inspection body is applying for accreditation shall be available for the assessment team.

The body shall be prepared to perform the inspections, for which it is applying for accreditation, during the assessment, as defined in the assessment program, including the conduction of services in the facilities subject of the accreditation application. For services at client facilities, the inspection body must schedule such services in advance to visits.

During the assessment, the technical management, the quality manager, their deputies, and the authorized signatories to be assessed shall be available.
Other sectors of the organization that are involved in the body activities shall also be available.

During the assessment, each member of the assessment team is assisted by a representative, indicated by the body, who has the knowledge about the activities that are being assessed and is able to confirm the evidences found by the assessment team.
At the end of the assessment, a meeting between the assessment team, the top management, technical management and quality manager is held, in which the assessment result is presented.

In exceptional cases where the body is unable to implement certain corrective actions that affect only a specific part of the accreditation scope, the body may choose to reduce part of the scope from its application.

Accreditation Decision

The decision on granting the accreditation is taken by the Coordinator of Cgcre, based on the recommendations of the assessment team, the AM, the Head of Sector and the Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation Formalization

The formalization happens by means of a letter sent to the body, along with the Accreditation Certificate and the Annex containing the Accreditation Scopes, issued by Cgcre. The Accreditation Symbol is also sent. As of the accreditation granting, it is provided the insertion of the body in the catalog of accredited bodies available on the Internet at http://www.inmetro.gov.br/organismos.


Maintenance of Accreditation

The maintenance of the accreditation of the inspection body follows NIT-DIOIS-001.


Accreditation Extension

The body can apply for extension according to NIT-DIOIS-001.

Changes in the Accreditation

In the case of changes in accreditation, the Inspection Body shall immediately inform Diois, as set forth in NIT-DIOIS-001.


Extraordinary Assessments

Extraordinary assessments may occur according to NIT-DIOIS-013.

 

Suspension, Reduction and Withdrawal of the Accreditation

The suspension, reduction and withdrawal of the accreditation may take place according to NIT-DIOIS-001.

 

Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequent questions about the accreditation of inspection bodies can be found at: frequently asked questions.

 

Provisions about the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies

The Division of Accreditation of Inspection Bodies makes publicly available the following provisions:

Subject

Document

Filing of scanned documents

Memo_015_Dipac_2012

Periodical Inspection of Road Equipment (Septic Tank Cleaning)

Memo_023_Dipac_2011

Submission of documents - vehicle safety

Memo_033_Dipac_2011

Photographic records – Certificate of Vehicle Inspection (CIV)

Memo_036_Dipac_2011

Removal of GNV System – Analysis of gases and noise

Letter_ 128_Dipac_2009

Clarification for item 6.6 d) Inmetro Administrative Rule 457, 2008

Memo_08_Dipac_2012

Change in the text of RTQ 6i (Quality Technical Regulation), approved by Inmetro Administrative Rule 91, 2009

Memo_09_Dipac_2012

Revision of Annex A, approved by Inmetro Administrative Rule 91, 2009

Memo_021_Dipac_2012

Device for suspension efficiency testing

Nota_Técnica_Cgcre_005_2012

Sound level meter with internal calibrator 94 dB

Nota_Técnica_Cgcre_004_2012

Memorandum from Dimel (Directorate of Legal Metrology)

Memorandum Opacimeters

 


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