ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025:2005

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025 is the global recognized standard that was developed specifically for testing and calibration of laboratories seeking accreditation from an accreditation body. The current release was published in 2005. It sets out the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. ISO/IEC 17025 is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities.

Laboratories that managed to demonstrate compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 at assessment have proved they operate using sound management practices and are technically competent to perform specific tests, calibrations and/or measurements, and are able to generate technically valid results for which they hold accreditation. To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated periodically by the accreditation body to ensure their continued compliance with the requirements, and to check that their standard of operation is being maintained. Laboratories may also be required to participate in relevant proficiency testing programs between reassessments, as a further demonstration of technical competence.

Added value to business entities from engagement of ISO/IEC 17025 consulting

  1. Internal Benefits:

    • Increase confidence in Testing/ Calibration data and personnel performing work;
    • Better control of laboratory operations and feedback to laboratories as to whether they have sound Quality Assurance System and are technically competent;
    • Savings in terms of time and money due to reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products; and
    • Continually improving data quality and laboratory effectiveness.
  1. Competitive Benefits:

    • Potential increase in business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction;
    • Customers can search and identify the laboratories accredited by the Accreditation Member Body for their specific requirements from their website or Directory of Accredited Laboratories;
    • Users of accredited laboratories will enjoy greater access to their products, in both domestic and international markets, when tested by accredited laboratories; and
    • Improve national and global reputation and image of the laboratory.

Services provided by Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly Kuwait assists laboratories with qualifying to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 certification through providing the following services:

  1. Consulting Services:

    We are conducting gap analysis reviews in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements in order to obtain the accreditation certification. It is worth mentioning that Baker Tilly Kuwait assists its clients with identifying and engaging an ISO certification body, which is competent to conduct assessment tasks.

  1. Training Services:

    We offer training programs, discussion sessions and workshops for different laboratories to highlight core requirements set forth in the system and how to apply the same within such laboratories.

Businesses that can benefit from this service

All types of laboratories

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