ISO 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard for calibration and testing activities. It is recognized across the globe. ISO 17025 provides laboratories with guidance to create and implement an effective quality system. An ISO system demonstrates that a laboratory is technically competent and able to offer valid and reliable results. Generating valid and widely trusted results is clearly crucial to a laboratory. Moreover, ISO 17025 accreditation promotes acceptance in different countries. Test reports and certificates of accredited laboratories are accepted in other countries, this way, accreditation supports growth in international trade as well.

To keep up with the latest market trends and technology, ISO has introduced a newer version of the ISO 17025 Standard. This updated version covers all the activities and innovative ways that modern laboratories should work. It includes everything from technical changes, to the latest developments in the IT industry. Interestingly, this version integrates even better with the ISO 9001:2015 Standard as well. ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission have developed the new version jointly. The standard covers various requirements including sampling, which are relevant to quality testing and calibration. Its process approach also lines up with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), and ISO 15189 (Quality Management of Medical Laboratories) Standard.

ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation offers prestigious recognition amongst other competent testing and calibration laboratories. It also helps consumers identify and choose dependable testing, calibration, and measuring services. However, the laboratories need to re-evaluate their quality system on a regular basis to maintain the recognition and reputation earned by the ISO 17025 accreditation. Apart from this, the laboratories should participate in proficiency assessment programs relevant to their business. Proficiency testing helps demonstrate continuous maintenance of their technical competency. Whenever producing testing or calibration reports, accredited laboratories may use the accreditation body’s symbol on their reports. This symbol is is a badge of quality and credibility. This way, accreditation helps laboratories instill trust and respect in consumers and stakeholders.

Accreditation is a major marketing tool for laboratories. It’s like a license to work for some customers, and this is becoming even more apparent in the industry. Some laboratories have been holding back for too long, leaving it too late. Having accreditation means a laboratory can compete confidently and establish themselves above unaccredited competitors.

ISO 17025 Accreditation is highly recognised both nationally and internationally and it is regarded as a dependable indicator of technical competence. Many industries, such as construction, and even contracting test and calibration labs, have mandated having ISO 17025 accreditation for laboratories. This accreditation assures the others that the offered services are 3rd party approved and transparent.

Let’s have a look at some key benefits of ISO 17025 Accreditation:

  • Provides a quality standard specifically for testing and calibration laboratories
  • Provides a formalized approach to control all the relevant processes
  • Defines policies, procedures and supporting documentation
  • Offers international as well as national recognition
  • Provides greater quality awareness
  • Provides an impressive brand image
  • Increases business potential and customer satisfaction
  • Reduces or eliminates the requirement of re-testing or non-conformances, and therefore, saves money and time
  • Empowers laboratories by providing better control of laboratory functions and feedback
  • Ensures the validity and efficiency of the testing methods, results and documentation.

Do you own a testing and / or calibration laboratory? Or, are you assigned a Lab Quality Manager? Then, you must consider obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation. The best way to achieve the accreditation is to hire a competent ISO consultant such as Compliancehelp, one of the leading ISO 17025 accreditation consultants.

Why should you Choose Compliancehelp?

Considering the benefits of implementing the ISO 17025 Standard and achieving accreditation, you may need to find a competent partner to help you to get there. At Compliancehelp, experienced and dedicated ISO experts help you get accredited simply and with not as much effort to attain and maintain. Over the years, we have served the industry and have been blessed with satisfied customers. This is due to the following:

  • A skilled, well-trained team of ISO 17025 consultants
  • Effective, customised documentation that does not mean you have to change who you are (unless you want to of course)
  • Effective and time saving processes to meet the requirements of the standard
  • A thorough internal audit program
  • Accreditation in reasonable timing, including documentation and implementation activities.

How do we Work?

At Compliancehelp, our main aim is to bring your success and we leave no stone unturned to ensure your success. We will accompany you on your journey to achieving accreditation right from the beginning. Let us provide you with an outline of our work process:

Once you have chosen Compliancehelp, our experts will schedule meetings and interviews to understand the nature, operations, and requirements of your organisation. Having this data in place, they will develop practical and customised quality documentation that meets all the requirements of ISO 17025.

If you already have an existing process, our expert team will find out whether this process meets the requirements relevant to the ISO 17025 standard or not. If your process is not lined up with the requirements, our experts will guide you so that you can comply with the standard, and where possible, increase the efficiency of your existing system.

Once we are sure that all the requirements are fulfilled and there are no more loopholes or nonconformities within the system, we will ask you to appoint third-party external assessors who will conduct the assessment. Once you pass the assessment, you will be accredited to ISO 17025.

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