What is ISO/IEC 17025?
ISO/IEC 17025 is one of the internationally recognized lab management system standard published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that specifies all the requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The most updated version of ISO 17025 standard is ISO 17025:2017 and is applicable to all the organizations having labs that involves first, second and third-party laboratories where testing, calibration, inspection and product certification is done.
ISO/IEC 17025 standard can be applied to any organization involved in testing and calibration, regardless of its size, product(s) or service(s).
Why is ISO/IEC 17025 important?
Overall management system of a lab like quality, administration, technical operations (testing, calibration, sampling and inspection) can be established with the right implementation of ISO 17025 standard. Having set parameters for a lab operation can make your organization stand out from the crowd.
What are the benefits of ISO 17025?
Once in place, the lab management system complying with ISO/IEC 17025 standard will result in swift resolution of issues in case of any personnel or equipment matters, conforming to the quality standards of clients and boost in your laboratory business. Some benefits of ISO/IEC 17025 implementation are as follows:
- Efficient management of all procedures and adequate documentation.
- A thorough working management system will ensure saving valuable time and money.
- A well-maintained testing environment will ensure legitimacy and appropriate calibration of equipment.
- Quality awareness and confidence in the calibrated or tested data.
Adherence to appropriate lab management principles will aid your organization in achieving business objectives and goals, whereas poorly designed lab management system might result in huge overall deterioration of the organization’s structure.