ISO 17025.

What is ISO 17025?

ISO 17025 is the internationally-recognised standard that specifies the competence and quality management system requirements for laboratories that provide testing and/or calibration services. Organisations with laboratories can achieve accreditation by UKAS against ISO 17025 through an assessment of their competence, impartiality and performance capability against the standard.

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What are the benefits of ISO 17025?

ISO 17025 is a standard that provides guidelines for testing and calibration laboratories to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their results. This is essential for all of a laboratory’s work and is an important consideration for its stakeholders and customers.

ISO 17025 demonstrates a laboratory’s commitment to ensuring accuracy across their services, along with continuous improvement of processes and procedures, and compliance.

ISO 17025 offers laboratories a competitive advantage and a way to increase customer trust and satisfaction.

  • Reduced costs
  • Better compliance
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Improved accuracy and reliability

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ISO 17025 the same as ISO 9001?

No. The key difference between ISO 17025 and ISO 9001 is that ISO 9001 applies to all different types of organisations in all sectors and industries, whereas ISO 17025 only applies to testing and calibration laboratories in industries such as cosmetics, universities and pharmaceuticals.

Who needs ISO 17025 certification?

An ISO 17025 certification is a useful addition to any organisation that performs laboratory testing and calibration and wants to achieve the most reliable and consistent results. 

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Interested in other ISO standards?

  • ISO 9001 – Quality management standard that demonstrates an organisational commitment to product and service quality.
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental management standard designed to reduce waste and lower an organisation’s environmental impact.
  • ISO 16949 – A sector-specific standard, tailored for the automotive industry, that incorporates ISO 9001 requirements and additional automotive-specific requirements.
  • ISO 17021 – ISO 17021 management systems define the principles and guidelines for certification bodies and auditors when conducting audits and certification.
  • ISO 17065 – A  framework for organisations involved in product, process and service certification.
  • ISO 22000 – Focus on the management of food safety to help ensure the production and distribution of safe food products for consumers.
  • ISO 22301 – Business continuity management standard that reduces the impact of disruption on organisational activities.
  • ISO 27001 – Information security management systems standard designed to reduce IT and IS risks and lower data threats.
  • ISO 45001 – Build upon your approach to workplace safety through health management systems. 
  • ISO 50001 – Improve energy efficiency across operations, premises, transport and industrial processes.
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