Why ISO 17025 is Important
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The ISO 17025 is the single most important standard for testing and/or calibration laboratories. ISO 17025 accredited laboratories have demonstrated that they are technically proficient and able to produce precise and accurate test and calibration data.
ISO 17025 standard is used to assess below factors to ensure laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate test and calibration data:
Traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards.
Technical competence of staff.
Maintenance of test equipment.
Quality assurance of test and calibration data.
Validity and appropriateness of test methods.
Appropriate handling and transportation of test items.
Quality of testing environment.
Top 6 Benefits
ISO 17025 gives laboratories the opportunity to continuously maintain the complex process of testing and to achieve a higher level of quality in their management system. Some key benefits of ISO 17025 implementation are as follows:
International recognition for commitment to quality, competency and reliable results
Increase in business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction.
Efficient management of all procedures and adequate documentation.
Ensuring legitimacy and appropriate calibration of equipment.
Increasing confidence in the calibrated or tested data.
Reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products.
Unlike certification to ISO9001, laboratory accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically developed to determine technical competence, thus assuring customers that the test, calibration or measurement data supplied by the laboratory or inspection service are accurate and reliable.
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