Our company is planning to set up a Quality control lab for medical textiles. I have been assigned to design it using minimum specifications. I would like to know if there are any guidelines regarding layout and design as suggested by the IEC 17025.
ISO 17025:2017 does not provide specific guidelines for laboratory layout. The requirements for facilities and environmental conditions are covered in clause 6.3. As the facilities and environmental conditions can have a major impact on consistent operation and result validity, the standard requires laboratories to:
Ensure suitable separation of incompatible activities (eg vibrations near a weighing room is not suitable).
Document requirements depending on the work to be performed.
Control, record, and monitor any applicable environmental conditions as specified in methods, procedures, and specifications.
I recommend you document all the equipment you need, then look at their placement and a logical workflow. If you are not familiar with laboratory workflow and needs, it will be beneficial to contact a supplier that outfits laboratories.