by Tim Alcock
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is the principal international standard for the accreditation of laboratories performing testing (including sampling) and/or calibration. Originating from ISO/IEC Guide 25, the standard has been through several iterations culminating in the latest version released in November 2017.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 enables laboratories to demonstrate competent operation, validity and confidence in results.
This article provides a brief background to the application of ISO/IEC 17025 together with an overview of the new standard, highlighting the major changes.