Testing and Calibration laboratories management system
What is the ISO 17025 standard?
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is applicable to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.
Why ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is important for testing laboratories?
Different analytical testing laboratories often produce different test results for a given sample due to a variation in staff competency, equipment used, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed while performing the test. These variations are due to the use of uncalibrated and unmaintained instruments, laboratory environmental factors, and the competence level of a laboratory technician conducting a test. Another reason for this variation is the fabrication of potency reports to increase retail value. This is often done by manipulating sampling procedures and test results. Well, there can be countless factors contributing to the inconsistency and inaccuracy of test results and the decisions derived from them.
What is the starting point for any business entity wishing to start implementing the standard?
Quite simply, it is possible to seek the assistance of a specialized consultancy body, which is (IQDC) Consulting Company, which has practical experience and a team of qualified consultants who hold specialized certificates, which distinguishes the company from other entities, and allows it to qualify various organizations to achieve the international certificates.