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ISO 17025 Accreditation

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ISO 17025 Accreditation

Hello. I have a question regarding ISO 17025 accreditation for an in-house test lab. We operate a small lab within a larger manufacturing company in the aerospace industry. Some of our activities, such as equipment calibration, are handled outside of the lab, on the manufacturing side of the company. How would this situation affect ISO 17025 compliance? Our company does have ISO9001 accreditation. Thanks!

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Tracey Evans Feb 26, 2020

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As an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory you will define the range of activities for which you conform to the standard. The laboratory is responsible for all quality aspects or tasks which are a part of such an accreditation activity.

The significance and quality risk of the situation needs to be evaluated. If the performance of the equipment in manufacturing could influence a laboratory result or activity, then the laboratory must ensure that the ISO 17025 requirements for equipment and calibration are met.

You stated:

Our company does have ISO9001 accreditation.

If the ISO 9001 certification also covers the laboratory activities sufficiently to meet ISO 17025 clause 8, then you will be able to apply for ISO 17025 accreditation in accordance with Option B. You will not have to implement and maintain requirements of clause 8 within the ISO 17025 documentation.

For more information, have a look at

Maintaining and improving quality management in laboratories according to ISO 17025:2017 https://advisera.com/17025academy/blog/2019/08/30/iso-17025-maintenance-and-improvement-in-laboratories//

What does ISO 17025:2017 require for laboratory measurement equipment and related procedures? https://advisera.com/17025academy/blog/2019/07/25/iso-17025-measurement-requirements-of-the-standard/

The ISO 17025 document template: Equipment and Calibration Procedure may be of interest to you. It is available for download or free preview at https://advisera.com/17025academy/documentation/equipment-and-calibration-procedure//

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