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Technical requirements for a physico-chemical lab

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Technical requirements for a physico-chemical lab

Hi ! Pease, I would like to know more about those requirements such as security provisions, lighting, is fume cupboard mandatory?, etc whenever you can help or redirect me to other links. Thank you in advance !

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ISO 17025 DOCUMENTATION TOOLKIT

Step-by-step implementation for smaller companies.

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Tracey Evans Jul 06, 2020

Any testing laboratory that is to be accredited to ISO 17025:2017 needs to establish a management system based on meeting all the requirements of ISO 17025:2017. The specific requirements, including security, facilities, equipment and environmental control will depend on the context of the laboratory. For a physico-chemical laboratory it would depend on the sector, type of testing and who the regulatory authorities are. These will vary depending on whether the laboratory needs to work within, for example, a clinical laboratory study Good Clinical Practice (GCP) or non-clinical laboratory study Good laboratory practice (GLP)  certified environment;  or is testing labortory monitoring water quality for a routine quality control function.

Generally the facility and environmental conditions must be suitable for the purpose, be reliable and be consistent. I suggest you determine the specific requirements from a quality and legal perspective and seek information from:

  • Your ISO 17025 Accreditation Body (e.g. UKAS) for ISO 17025 and any other relevant certification body for requirements other than ISO 17025.
  • Relevant national legislation and regulatory bodies (e.g.  environmental and hazardous substances management, occupational health and safety acts),
  • Technical criteria of tests to achieve consistent reliable calibration or test results (e.g. suitable operation conditions and controls such as temperature and humidity to preventing damage or deterioration to samples and equipment).
  • Best practice guidelines from relevant specific sectors.


For further information see the following:

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Dorothee Jul 06, 2020

Thank you a lot for this answer. The links are also very useful for implementation.

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