Overview to ISO/IEC 17025

ISO/IEC 17025 is the global quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories. It is the basis for accreditation from an accreditation body. The current release was published in 2005. ISO/IEC 17025 establishes a global standard for instrument calibration and testing. It specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations.

Laboratories use ISO/IEC 17025 to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results and is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities. Implementing ISO/IEC 17025 has benefits for laboratories, but the work and costs involved should be considered before proceeding.

Implementing ISO/IEC 17025 as part of laboratory quality initiatives provides both laboratory and business benefits such as:

  • Having access to more contracts for testing and/or calibration. Some public and private organizations only give contracts to accredited laboratories. Accreditation will also help to get more contracts from organizations that don't mandate accreditation, but do give preference to accredited laboratories in competitive situations.
  • Improved national and global reputation and image of the laboratory.
  • Continually improving data quality and laboratory effectiveness.
  • Having a basis for most other quality systems related to laboratories, such as Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices.

Laboratories compliant with ISO/IEC 17025 may be accredited by an internationally recognized external body. This accreditation recognizes capability and competence of a laboratory to perform specific tests and calibrations.

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0 #1 ISO 17025 Standard 2012-09-29 18:48
Thanks for the sharing information about ISO/IEC 17025 standard, it was awesome post. As an online ISO consultant, i believe that implementation of ISO 17025 Standard laboratory accreditation system can helps to improves quality in testing and calibration laboratories.
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