Increasing industrialization has resulted in development of various organizations around the
world. There are organizations which have their own laboratory for testing and calibrating their
manufactured products. Testing and calibration are the major steps involved during the
manufacturing of a product. A separate laboratory is set up for the organizations which
manufacture high quality products with total accuracy. In order to be a technical competent,
organizations require high end laboratories with accurate testing procedures. ISO has
introduced a technical standard for such organizations.
ISO 17025 is a technical competent standard developed by ISO and International Electro
technical Commission (IEC) for testing and calibration laboratories. Introduced in 1999, this
standard was issued in May 2005 and is much similar to ISO 9000 but more specific in technical
terms. Laboratories complied with this standard are require to achieve testing and calibration
results in the most accurate way. This standard is practiced by most of the laboratories in the
world in order to deliver high quality of products. It defines main functions in the quality
management system in the organization.
The maintenance of this standard requires a lot of technical procedures and processes to be
implemented in the laboratories during testing and calibration. There are certain commitments
prescribed by the accreditation body to be followed by organizations. The standard comprises
of two main sections i.e. management requirements and technical requirements. The standard
is specified into five elements. They are
Extent of project
Terms and definitions
The technical requirements emphasizes mainly on the testing methods and calibration accuracy
so as to perform precise results in the laboratory. Management requirements include practices
in quality management system for a production process of a product. There should be
consistency in testing and calibration so that all the products manufactured are accurate and
high in quality. Factors like training plans, testing method, records, validation procedure,
calibration and maintenance are to be considered while implementing ISO 17025.
Accreditation is provided for the laboratories which are in compliance with ISO 17025. ISO
along with International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) delivers accreditation to
the competent laboratories. Third party assessment is carried out in order to regulate the
accreditation. Every country has its own accreditation issuing body which monitors the
technical competencies of laboratories. The ISO 17025 training is also provided by these
accredited bodies. The accreditation body first provides terms, definitions and methods for
technical and quality management section. It then audits the laboratory and management
operations so that they confirm to meet in compliance with ISO 17025.
However multiple benefits are associated with the implementation of ISO 17025 for
laboratories. Some of them are
1. Implementing this standard will help to set up a laboratory with best technical methods
of testing and calibration.
2. The improvement in testing quality will lead to produce more accurate test and
3. The laboratory professionals will be trained in a perfect way to achieve the best test
results leading to manufacture best quality products in the market.
4. The laboratory professionals can immediately identify the problems during testing and
can bring a productive solution for those problems by regular practice of ISO 17025
5. Being accredited with this standard will bring improvement in the field of research and
development of new technologies and products.
6. This accreditation indirectly promotes growth in overall business process.
7. All the quality requirements from the customers can be met by the organization
accredited by this standard.
8. Effective growth in the overall performance of the organization leading to achieve more
targets and profits.
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