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What is ISO/IEC 17025?
ISO/IEC 17025 establishes a global standard for instrument calibration and testing. It specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations. Laboratories use ISO/IEC 17025 to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results and is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities.
Basic to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard is the requirement for continual improvement. Regularly scheduled internal audits identify opportunities to make testing or calibrating improvements. Laboratories are also expected to remain up-to-date on scientific and technological advances in relevant areas.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories was released for publication on November 30, 2017, replacing ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Accredited laboratories have until November 30, 2020 to transition to the revised standard. Tektronix has analyzed the new standard and its implication for our management system and operations and developed a transition plan to implement the needed changes to comply with the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard by the end of 2018.
Tektronix current ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation certificates remain active and valid in recognition of the competence of our service laboratories. Although compliance to the new Standard is planned for 2018, the accrediting body's assessment and certification to the new standard of our calibration and testing laboratories will be based on the respective laboratories’ current certificate expiration. While all accredited calibrations after December 2018 will be in compliance to the 17025:2017 standard, the calibration certificate issued will reflect each lab’s current accreditation during the transition period
ISO/IEC 17025 Compliance
Laboratories compliant with ISO/IEC 17025 guidelines may be accredited by an internationally recognized external body. This accreditation recognizes capability and competence of a laboratory to perform specific tests and calibrations. There are numerous accreditation bodies serving different regions around the world. A few of the accreditation bodies include:
- China National Accreditation Service (CNAS)
- Dutch Accreditation Council (RVA)
- German Accreditation Service GmbH (DAKKS)
- National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
- The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)
- Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
The first step for a laboratory to become accredited is to create and implement a documented quality management system. The quality manual documents the system and normally follows the structure of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. A rigid on-site assessment process includes staff interviews, demonstration of selected calibration or tests, evaluation of compliance and examination of lab equipment and calibration records. Upon approval, a scope of accreditation is issued.
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