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ISO 17025:2017 International standard for testing and calibration laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025 is a global standard for laboratories that perform testing and calibration services. It emphasizes the importance of laboratory competence, impartiality, and consistent operation. The latest revision, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, is a globally recognized framework developed by ISO and IEC. It distinguishes itself from management system standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, assessing both the management system and technical competence of the laboratory for accurate and reliable testing. The accreditation process involves rigorous assessment to confirm the laboratory’s effectiveness in adhering to the standard. ISO/IEC 17025 applies to various laboratory types, regardless of size, industry, or ownership structure.

  • Establishes a global benchmark for laboratory quality and reliability.
  • Enhances confidence in test and calibration results, both domestically and internationally.
  • Facilitates cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results.
  • Reduces the need for retesting, saving time and resources.

Journey to Certification

ISO 17025:2017 certification involves assessing current practices, providing staff training, and conducting a gap analysis. Following this, laboratories prepare documentation, implement a quality management system (QMS), and conduct internal audits to ensure compliance. External audits by accredited certification bodies assess the QMS, and corrective actions are taken as needed. Upon successful completion, laboratories receive certification and must maintain compliance through continuous improvement efforts.

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