ISO/IEC 17025 gives the general requirements for competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is useful for any organization performing sampling, calibration or testing and desires reliable results. It includes all types of laboratories irrespective of the sector in which they operate i.e. public sector or private sector.
It is also useful for universities, research centers, regulators, government, organization involved in product certification, inspection bodies and other conformity bodies, that have a need to do testing, calibration or sampling.
With the help of this standard, laboratories can demonstrate their ability to operate competently and generating valid results, and promoting confidence in their working both nationally as well as internationally. It also facilitates cooperation between other bodies and laboratories by ensuring wider acceptance of results between countries. The certificates and test reports are accepted across the countries without any further testing. This improves international trade.
Recently ISO 17025:2005 was revised to become ISO 17025:2017. There have been many changes in technological and market environment since 2005. ISO 17025:2017 takes into consideration ISO 9001:2015 and covers vocabulary, technical changes and other developments in IT techniques.
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