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ISO / IEC 17025 – Calibration & Testing

iso_iec17025ISO/IEC 17025:2005 as a standard has all of the requirements that testing and calibration laboratories have to meet in order to demonstrate that :

  • they operate a quality system,
  • are technically competent and ,
  • are able to produce technically valid results.

Like ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17025 is a certifiable standard.  However, unlike ISO 9001, third party auditing of the laboratory is carried out by the national organisation responsible for accreditation  Laboratories are therefore “accredited” under ISO/IEC 17025, rather than “certificated”   The relevant agency for the UK is UKAS and for Ireland it is INAB.

There are two main parts to ISO/IEC 17025 – Management Requirements and Technical Requirements.

The key elements to be addressed under Management Requirements are very similar to ISO 9001 and include:

  • Organization
  • Quality system
  • Control of documents & records
  • Review of requests, tenders and contracts
  • Purchasing services and supplies & the subcontracting of tests and calibrations
  • Service to client
  • Complaints
  • Control of nonconforming testing and/or calibration work
  • Corrective action & preventive action
  • Internal audits
  • Management reviews

The Technical Requirements on the other hand, address very specific requirements for a laboratory or calibration house.  These include:

  • Personnel – Accommodation and environmental conditions
  • Test and calibration methods and method validation
  • Equipment
  • Measurement traceability
  • Sampling
  • Handling of test and calibration items
  • Assuring the quality of test and calibration results
  • Reporting the results

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