What is ISO/IEC 17025?
ISO/IEC 17025 is the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. It sets out requirements for the competence, impartiality, and consistent operation of laboratories, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of their testing and calibration results.
Why is ISO/IEC 17025 important?
This standard is vital for laboratories as it enhances the credibility of their testing and calibration work, fostering trust among clients and regulatory authorities. Compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 demonstrates a laboratory's commitment to quality, technical proficiency, and scientific rigor.
Benefits of ISO/IEC 17025
- Establishes a global benchmark for laboratory quality and reliability
- Enhances confidence in test and calibration results, both domestically and internationally
- Facilitates cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results
- Reduces the need for retesting, saving time and resources
Laboratories of any size that perform testing and calibration, seeking to demonstrate their operational competence and reliability.
Accreditation bodies use ISO/IEC 17025 as the criteria for assessing and accrediting laboratories.
The latest revision includes updates on information technology, quality management system processes, and a stronger emphasis on the responsibilities of senior management.
Status: PublishedPublication date: 2017-11
Corrected version: 2018-03
Corrected version (fr): 2018-04Stage: International Standard confirmed [90.93]
Edition: 3Number of pages: 30
Technical Committee :ISO/CASCOICS :03.120.20
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- Please note that the corrected versions for this standard apply only to the French and Spanish language. The English version of the standard is not concerned.