The ISO17025 states in Section 6.4.3: The laboratory shall have a procedure for handling, transport, storage, use and planned maintenance of equipment in order to ensure proper functioning and to prevent contamination and deterioration. The 17025 Academy toolkit, PR.08, 3.3 Equipment Handling, refers to this requirement. Will this section meet the requirement of having the needed procedure?
The 17025 manual is written as a commitment of the laboratory that certain processes are in place to meet requirement and they are documented suitably with the necessary records to provide evidence of compliance. It is the documented procedure which provides more detail of the actual process.
Quality management toolkit procedures vary in the detail they provide as the specific needs and precise process will vary from laboratory to laboratory. Toolkit procedures are a framework providing the overall procedure to meet the basic requirement of ISO 17025. The laboratory must decide if it is necessary to document the specific detail of a process followed in your workplace, or simply have the detail of the process established, communicated, understood and followed with additional documentation. This would depend on the need to standardise the process by considering the users (personnel), complexity and sensitivity of the equipment, its use, and transport needs. If for example, fragile equipment needs to be used in the field, or transported by air, then it would be necessary to add the standardised process to the procedure. For example, the use of a padded aluminum case for transport. If a particular requirement is critical to control method validity risk, then records should also be available to prove the procedure was followed. This is typically a checklist or completed form.