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ISO 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)

It is the most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the globe. ISO 17025 was first issued in 1999 by International Organization for Standardization and is the main ISO standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. Authorized laboratories to this international standard have shown that they are the technically competitive and are also able to assemble exact and actual calibration data. Sometimes in many cases regulatory authorities and suppliers do not accept the tests from the laboratories which are not accredited.

ISO 17025 consists of following five elements:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Management requirements
  5. Technical requirements.

Management requirements and technical requirements are the two main sections in ISO 17025. Management requirements are basically associated to the operation and effectiveness of the QMS (Quality Management System) inside the laboratory. On the other hand features which determine the exactness and accuracy of the tests and calibrations performed in the laboratory come under technical requirements.

ISO provides the following benefits to an organization:

  • To enhance the representation of the laboratory globally.
  • Recognizing the testing competence.
  • It protects the laboratory’s data integrity in case of legal implications.
  • Data quality and effectiveness improves continually.
  • 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.
  • It enables the assessment of relative quality and capability of other accredited laboratories.

ISO 17025 is used by the organizations to execute a quality system which aims at improving the ability to get the good results. For a laboratory it is used as standard to develop and establish quality system. In company quality system, laboratories play an important role and also for the assessment by laboratory clients or third parties. ISO 17025 can also be used as a criterion for laboratory accreditation. It is essential for the laboratories to work according to the global standards to ensure validity, competence and good calibration results. Global standards are used to reduce the number of tests in the national and international trading.

ISO 17025 has some specific requirements which are classified below:

  1. According to the sampling plan sampling should be performed and all the sample details should be documented.
  2. The quality of test results should be monitored.
  3. Proper records should be maintained to ensure data availability.
  4. Non conforming test should be controlled.
  5. All analytical methods and procedures for sampling, testing and data evaluation should be validated.
  6. Traceability.
  7. Qualification of personnel.
  8. Control on environmental conditions.
  9. People should be qualified through education, experience and training so that the complete their assigned task.
  10. Environmental conditions like temperature, humidity, and electromagnetic interference should be controlled and monitored.
  11. According to the written procedures all routine tasks should be performed.
  12. Complaints from the clients should be formally followed up.

In India ISO 17025 Certificate is issued by NABL (National Accreditation Board of Laboratories.)

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