ISO 17025 is the equivalent of ISO 9000 for calibration and testing laboratories. It applies to any organization that wants to assure its customers of precision, accuracy and repeatability of results. This includes in-house laboratories for which assurance of results is at a premium.
The growth in use of Quality Systems generally has increased the need to ensure that laboratories that form part of larger organizations or offer other services can operate to a Quality System that is seen as compliant with ISO 9000 as well as with ISO 17025. Testing and calibration labs that comply with this standard will also operate in accordance with ISO 9000. Certification to ISO 9000 alone does not demonstrate the competence of the lab to produce technically valid data and results, whereas certification to ISO 17025 does provide that evidence.
QS 9000, the Automotive Quality Management System, and its successor, TS16949, have stipulated that first tier suppliers of calibration and test services be ISO 17025 certified, and that suppliers upstream of them be compliant.
What is ISO 17025? :
ISO 17025 was developed so that testing & calibration laboratories were recognized for their capabilities & areas of competence. All measurements and decisions should be based on accurate, repeatable, verifiable, cost effective, timely, and believable measurements, opinions, and recommendations. ISO 17025 helps assures this happens first time, every time, and on-time.
Without these assurances, the data, opinion, and recommendations are immediately suspect, questionable, risky, and of greatly reduced value and usability.
Customers should ensure that all data and opinions upon which they rely can be traced back through an unbroken chain of data based on ISO 17025.
Overview of ISO 17025 :
ISO 17025 is one of the most popular quality standards for all laboratories; whether or not they do business with international customers. In 1891, British physicist Lord Kelvin wrote, “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.? Mikel Harry, a noted Six Sigma authority, extends this thought as, “We don't know what we don’t know; we can’t act on what we don’t know; we won’t know until we search; we won’t search for what we don’t question; we don’t question what we don’t measure?. Both imply that if you failed to quantify the results of what you were doing, in a way, it means that you might not understand what you were really doing. Hence, organizations that are unable to track their processes, their products, or their raw materials are unable to fully manage their businesses.
All other quality initiatives (eg. ISO 9001, QS-9001, TS-16949, Six Sigma, TQM, DOE, QFD, etc.) depend on reliable measurements, comparisons, and recommendations based on International Standards. ISO 17025 controls all aspects of how laboratories conduct their business (ie. who, what, when, where, how, how much, & why) of measurement, testing, certifying, recommending, & reporting.
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