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Tracey Evans

ISO 17025 technical internal audit: The basics

Laboratories are required to have a program of internal audits to assess whether their operations comply with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements on an ongoing basis. This involves auditing both management and technical activities to identify gaps, and to drive improvements. A positive audit culture is essential to ensure that internal technical …

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Tracey Evans

Corrective actions principles and root cause analysis in ISO 17025

A corrective action is a mandatory activity for all laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. It should, however, not be seen as a “rule” or a singular step, but as a core process of an interrelated, functional Quality Management System. Laboratories often struggle with nonconformances and corrective actions, where they are …

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Tracey Evans

How to ensure impartiality in an ISO 17025 laboratory

If your testing or calibration laboratory is looking to achieve accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, you may be unclear as to how to practically address the requirement of impartiality and how much effort to go to. This article will assist with this, by providing an overview of what is required by …

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Shivanna Mahabir-Lee

Five-step laboratory risk management according to ISO 17025:2017

With the introduction of the 2017 revision of ISO/IEC 17025, which seeks greater alignment with ISO 9001, laboratories now need to implement risk-based thinking in relation to their activities. This was addressed in previous versions of the standards using preventive action, but the introduction of risk-based thinking requires the laboratory …

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Shivanna Mahabir-Lee

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 vs. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 revision: What has changed?

In late 2017, the third edition of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard was published. This is the latest revision of the standard on which testing and calibration laboratories base their Quality Management Systems. Some of the changes to the older 2005 version, such as the new structure and the less prescriptive …

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Igor Stameski

Six key benefits of ISO 17025 implementation

Testing is used in many industries, but offering testing as a professional service requires that any type of measurement, sampling or calibration laboratory pass through the process of accreditation. When it comes to the accreditation, the company is obligated to show conformity to the ISO 17025 standard. Compliance with the …

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Chany Runnels

List of mandatory documents required by ISO 17025:2017

The latest iteration of ISO 17025:2017 was revised for harmonization with ISO 9001:2015. Whenever changes are applied to standards, the first questions that come to mind are: “Which documents are required?” and “How many documents are required?” For currently accredited systems, your questions may be something like: “What changes are required …

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Chris Smith

Maintaining and improving quality management in laboratories according to ISO 17025:2017

A while back, I was faced with a challenge when the CEO of my company asked me to present to management how I would be improving our company’s ISO 17025 system, according to the revised version, ISO 17025:2017. As I was quite new to the management team, I had to …

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Chany Runnels

Checklist of ISO 17025 implementation steps

If your organization is seeking to adopt ISO 17025 in your laboratory environment, the looming question(s) are likely some of the following: How do we get there? What do we need to do? Are we prepared? What steps should be taken? How much money will this cost us? How long will …

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Igor Stameski

What does ISO 17025:2017 require for laboratory measurement equipment and related procedures?

How can ISO 17025 help improve laboratory measurements? Present industry research and development depends heavily on precise measuring. To be able to meet that requirement, modern laboratories must use high-quality measuring equipment. Also, to obtain the correct measurement result, the laboratory must employ an organized approach in the measurement process. …

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Mark Hammar

ISO 17025 vs. ISO 9001 – Main differences and similarities

If you noticed the release of the 2017 update of ISO 17025:2017, you might wonder what this standard is all about, and how it relates to ISO 9001:2015 and the Quality Management System (QMS) in your organization. You might well ask: What is ISO 17025:2017, and how is it similar and …

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