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Resource Requirements

1. I have a question about Resource Requirements, 5.5 Metrological Traceability.  As we are testing laboratory and not offering any calibration services does 5.5 need to stay in our Quality Manual or can I delete this? 2. Next question 17025 clause 8.1.3 Option B, our lab complies with option B so does that mean I can delete 7.2-7.9 from my Quality manual?
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about Resource Requirements, 5.5 Metrological Traceability. As we are testing laboratory and not offering any calibration services does 5.5 need to stay in our Quality Manual or can I delete this?

No, you cannot delete clause 6.5. Metrological traceability relates to measurement results, i.e in your case, your test results. All testing laboratories must establish and maintain metrological traceability of their measurement results. This is done via a documented unbroken chain of calibrations. For example, when you weigh a sample on a laboratory balance, the balance must  have a calibration with certificate where the calibration was performed according to ISO 17025 calibration requirements (e.g traceable weight set).This is one link in the chain.

I suggest you read through the standard carefully – especially clause 6.4, 6.5 and Annex A and have a look at a similar question at https://community.advisera.com/topic/preparing-procedure-on-meteorological-traceability/. There are some links there that will help you.

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17025 clause 8.1.3 Option B, our lab complies with option B so does that mean I can delete 7.2-7.9 from my Quality manual?"

No, you can not delete clauses 7.2 to 7.9. If the laboratory already has ISO 9001 certification, then Option B applies. Clause 8.1.3 states two things. 

Because an ISO 9001 QMS is in place, at least the intent of the management system requirements of ISO 17025, specified in 8.2 to 8.9 is met. The laboratory must include the management of tests on their scope in the 8.2 to 8.9 process, e.g. audit your test methods, and manage nonconformances and corrective actions as per your established (or modified) processes.
The laboratory must also establish and demonstrate the consistent fulfilment of the requirements of Clauses 4 to 7. i.e add the requirements of clauses 4 to 7 to the existing ISO 9001 QMS.

For more information and resource links, see a similar question and reply to ISO 17025 Quality Manual Option B at https://community.advisera.com/topic/iso-17025-quality-manual-option-b/

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