The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Standard addresses the aspects of the testing and calibration laboratory activities from general laboratory management and operations to specific testing and calibration development, validation and maintenance of competence of methods.
Any laboratory that wishes to:
Recently, a Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué on this subject was issued. Please click here to read the entire communiqué.
The essential components are:
The main forces behind ISO / IEC 17025:2005 have been centred around eight technical principles ... science focused. These principles are:
Whereas, ISO 9001:2008 applies the following eight quality management principles in its formation:
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 shares common principles with ISO 9001:2008 and most laboratories with ISO 9001 certification will find it serves as an excellent basis for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation of its methods.
Please note that ISO 9001:2008 certification DOES NOT indicate or demonstrate technical competence of testing or calibration results ... certification and accreditation are two completely differing activities with two completely differing objectives!
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) participate together in a joint committees known as the Conformity Assessment Committee of the ISO (CASCO). It is this joint committee which is responsible for the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard and other conformity assessment standards
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