ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories, specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations.
ISO 17025:2017 is a standard that sets out how to design, develop and implement a quality management system (QMS) for testing and calibration laboratories.
It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.
The standard defines the requirements for accreditation of laboratories. It also provides guidance on how to apply for accreditation and what information an applicant needs to provide in order to ensure that it meets all requirements.
The accreditation process is a way to demonstrate that a laboratory has met or exceeded the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. Accreditation is the only method for verifying compliance with ISO/IEC 17025.
The purpose of an accreditation body is to ensure that laboratories meet specific standards and meet expectations in their areas of expertise, such as certification bodies for medical devices or food safety testing laboratories.
This ensures that results are reliable, consistent and accurate. It also enables consumers to make informed decisions about products they purchase or services they use (e.g., when choosing a healthcare provider).
All accredited laboratories must have written SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) in place.
These statements or instructions define how a job function or task is to be performed, who will perform it and how often.
In order to comply with ISO 17025:2017, you will need to have written SOPs in place for all your laboratory employees who perform tasks related to your compliance activities (e.g., calibration).
ISO/IEC 17025 requires that a laboratory conducts internal audits at planned intervals to verify its continuing capability to meet requirements.
Internal audits shall cover all aspects of the laboratory’s quality system and activities related to technical operations.
A minimum of one internal audit shall be conducted each year. In addition, an assessment of internal audit results must be made by senior management with action taken where necessary.
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ISO 17025:2017 is the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories.
Accreditation is the process of demonstrating that a laboratory has met or exceeded the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.
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The first step in achieving accreditation is obtaining an evaluation report from an independent consultant who assesses whether your facility meets all applicable requirements set forth by ISO/IEC 17025.
ISO 17025:2017 is the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.
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