ISO 17025 identifies the high technical competence and management system requirements that guarantee your test results and calibrations are consistently accurate.
ISO/IEC 17025 is useful for any organization that performs testing, sampling or calibration and wants reliable results. This includes all types of laboratories, whether they be owned and operated by government, industry or, in fact, any other organization.
ISO/IEC 17025 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.
This accreditation is intended for all organizations performing tests and/or calibration, including first-, second- and third-party laboratories and laboratories where testing and/or calibration forms part of inspection and product certification.
It also helps facilitate cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results between countries. Test reports and certificates can be accepted from one country to another without the need for further testing, which, in turn, improves international trade.
A laboratory that complies with ISO/IEC 17025 benefits in the following ways:
> ISO 17025 will boost your laboratory reputation
> Demonstrate your commitment to operational efficiency and quality management practices
> Outlines robust quality controls for choosing and authenticating methods, analyzing statistics and controlling data
> Verify the quality, capability and expertise of your laboratory
> Evaluation of staff, methods, equipment, calibration and reporting to guarantee test result validity
> Meet with regulatory and safety requirements in the operation of laboratories and satisfy the demands of clients and authority bodies
ISO 17025 provides the clients and supply chain absolute assurance of your integrity. All organizations carrying out tests and calibrations must conform to the general requirements for competence in laboratory environments. ISO 17025 applies to all laboratory environments, regardless of the number of employees or the extent of the testing.
Demonstrate that you understand and adhere to international standards and improve efficiencies and the integrity of your laboratory environment.
“ISO/IEC 17025 is a general umbrella term used to refer to the specific standard; the current version of this standard is ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The standard contains two main sections: management requirements (primarily related to the operation and effectiveness of the quality management system within the laboratory) and technical requirements (primarily related to the competence of staff and calibration of equipment).