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Outline of ISO/IEC 17025

(General requirements of the competence for testing and calibration laboratories)

The aim of this standard

ISO/IEC 17025:2005(JIS Q17025:2005) stipulates general requirements for testing and calibration laboratories to be accredited as competent ones performing specific testing/calibration services.

This standard consists of management system requirements and technical requirements. Especially, technical requirements (except those for personnel) are very unique to the standard, not required by ISO 9000 series.

Structure of the standard

  1. Management System requirements(Section 4 of ISO/IEC 17025)
    • Organization
    • Management system
    • Document control
    • Review of requests, tenders and contracts
    • Subcontracting of tests and calibrations
    • Purchasing services and supplies
    • Service to the customer
    • Complaints
    • Control of nonconforming test and/or calibration work
    • Improvement
    • Corrective action
    • Preventice action
    • Control of records
    • Internal audits
    • Managments reviews
  2. Technical requirements(Section 5 of ISO/IEC 17025)
    • General
    • Personnel
    • Accomodation and environmental conditions
    • Test and calibration methods and method validation
    • Equipment
    • Measurement traceability
    • Sampling
    • Handling of test and cliabration items
    • Assuring the quality of test and calibration results
    • Reporting the results