General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.
ISO 17025 is based on ISO 9001 with a particular focus on testing and calibration bodies (of course).
Testing and calibration is a critical part of product development / product validation. Many of your customers need the assurance that their product meets the relevant standards and requirements before they report or launch. How do your customers feel assured that their nominated laboratory provides repeatable results and quality outcomes? These organizations need the assurance of working with an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
As a laboratory certified to ISO 9001:2000 and accredited to ISO 17025, it has incorporated an overall system for technical and quality management, which results in benefits observed in daily laboratory practices. Technical requirements were updated to include the addition of formal personnel training plans and detailed records, method development and validation procedures, measurement of method uncertainty, and a defined equipment calibration and maintenance program.
Some of the benefits include:
- Assurance that you are working to an industry standard, industry credibility
- ISO 17025 accreditation opens up doors to work with larger organizations
- Having documented management procedures to ensure management and delivery consistency
- Continual improvement of processes, quality and effectiveness
- Savings from reduction or elimination through better planning and communication
A summary of technical requirements ISO 17025
- 5.2 Personnel
- 5.3 Accommodation and environmental condition
- 5.4 Testing calibration methods and method validation
- 5.5 Equipment
- 5.6 Measurement traceability
- 5.7 Sampling
- 5.8 Handling of test and calibration items
- 5.9 Assuring the quality of test and calibration results
- 5.10 Reporting the results.