ISO 17025

General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Continually improve your business with the general requierements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

This international standard establishes general requirements for competence, impartiality and consistency in laboratory work and is applicable to all organizations that perform laboratory activities, regardless of the number of laboratory staff. ISO 17025 may also be used by users of laboratory services, legislative bodies, organizations and schemes used for collegial evaluation, accreditation bodies and others, when harmonizing or recognizing the competence of the laboratory.

By its implementation, testing and calibration is carried out using standard, non-standard and methods developed in laboratories. Also, ISO 17025 sets out the laws that laboratories have to respect to prove that they have implemented a quality system, or that they are technically competent and able to provide technically good results.

ISO 17025 brings many benefits to control bodies, and among other things, the certification of this standard enables the following:

  • Easier control of all processes and well-defined procedures and accompanying documentation;
  • The achievement of the international recognition of technical competences leads to greater trust among customers and other stakeholders, which further opens possibilities for expanding placements to new markets;
  • Employees are more informed and defects, failure and repairs are reduced;
  • Better corporate image in the eyes of regulators, consumers, employees, and the whole society;
  • Time and money savings due to the reduction or elimination of the need to re-test the product;
  • Better control of laboratory operations and providing feedback to laboratories about whether they are technically competent;
  • Validation of the test method;
  • Traceability of measurement and calibration of national standards;
  • Sustainability, calibration and maintenance of testing equipment.

Also, in case you have already started with the implementation of ISO 17025, we can help you to complete the entire process more easily and thus gain more benefits from this standard.

Just select the phase in which you are and begin today with creating a better future for your business.

1. Introduction

Find out what the ISO 17025 really is and what makes it suitable for your business.

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2. Implementation

Find out the best way to implement ISO 17025 and how our company can help you with this.

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3. Certification

Make an independent assessment of the standard implemented and obtain certification for your system.

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4. Maintenance

Make sure your system is constantly growing and evolving to deliver the best solutions for your business.

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1. Introduction

Discover the best way to start with the process of applying the General Requirements for the Competence of Testing Laboratories and the Calibration Laboratories ISO 17025 and find out why this standard can contribute to any organization that is involved in testing and / or calibration.

ISO 17025 will help you to constantly monitor the processes of testing and calibration in your organization and to constantly manage them. This standard represents an important tool for improving the internal processes of laboratories, as well as the business as a whole.

Regardless of whether you are investing in the ISO 17025 standard to enhance the competence of your labs or in response to environmental requirements, the implementation of this standard requires good preparation. We offer you tools, services, techniques and experts to gain confidence and start the process of implementation.

2. Implementation

When implementing ISO 17025, our team of consultants will help you to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the standard, with a view to its successful implementation.

ISO 17025 is a significant tool for improving internal processes and considering ways to manage business processes. Employee engagement is also very important in the implementation of ISO 17025, with special attention to those who will guide the General Requirements for the Competence of the Testing Laboratories and the Calibration Laboratories ISO 17025. They must be sufficiently trained to effectively implement the system.

Mobes Group is here to help you eliminate all the difficulties during the implementation of the ISO 17025 standard, with a simple set of tools and services offered by our company.

3. Certification

Once you reach the ISO 17025 certification level, you will be able to show your customers and stakeholders your commitment to the quality of the products and services that you offer. This is a good opportunity to promote your business and show that you are a trusted laboratory, which could open up new business opportunities.

Certification steps ISO 17025:

1. Analysis of nonconformity

The non-compliance analysis is an optional activity that is carried out before the assessment itself. We will look closely at your existing system of managing processes in laboratories and compare it with the requirements of ISO 17025. It is a cost-effective way to check if there are areas to be upgraded before a formal assessment is made.

2. Formal assessment

A formal assessment is a two-step process. First, the consultant will review the readiness of your organization for the assessment, by checking the necessary procedures of the ISO 17025 standards and the control methods developed therein. Details of our analyses will be shared with you and in case of discrepancies, you will have the opportunity to solve them. In case all requirements are fulfilled, it switches to the assessment of the level of implementation of procedures and control within the organization, according to the requirements of ISO 17025 certification.

3. Certification

Once the level of certification is achieved, you will receive the ISO 17025 certificate, valid for three years, but subject to annual checks. With this certificate, you have formal evidence that your organization is operating according to the requirements for the competence of the laboratories and thus takes care not only of internal resources and processes, but also of the requirements of clients and other stakeholders.

4. Maintenance

Implementation of the ISO 17025 standard is not only due to buyers request, but also because it gives guidance on how to constantly improve your organization. Maintenance of General Requirements for the Competence of the Testing Laboratory and the Calibration Laboratories ISO 17025 shall be carried out by regular visits by the Consultant.

Some of the basic activities during the maintenance of the ISO 17025 system are:

• Revision of your documentation and ongoing harmonization, both with the applicable legal regulations, and with the latest issues of international standards;

• Training of new employees for implementation and maintenance of the implemented standard;

• Analysis of data obtained using ISO 17025;

• Conducting internal audits;

• Advising and participating in proposing corrective measures;

• Customer satisfaction analysis;

• Consulting and participating in the review of ISO 17025 by the management.

Popular courses and training for ISO 17025

We use accelerated learning techniques to make sure that you fully understand all the requirements of ISO 17025. This type of training consists of lectures and workshops of interactive parts, which allow you to gain knowledge, give your opinion and present your views, practical examples and the like.

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