ISO 17025 Laboratory Competence and Calibration Standard

If you operate in a scientific research setting, your end customer has the right to expect results that are worth far more than the paper they are written on.

Accurate readings are the intended output of all organisations displaying an ISO 17025 Laboratory Competence and Calibration accreditation. This standard is not designed solely for laboratories. Other organisations for which the standard is relevant include universities, research centres, governments, regulators, inspection bodies and product certification organisations.

ISO 17025,Laboratory Competence and Calibration, Qualitation

Any business that undertakes activities that include science-based readings in order to measure an outcome – including sampling and calibration – is likely to benefit from achieving ISO 17025. The accreditation is also of use to engineers working on site who need to be certain that the readings they feed into their processes are accurate.

ISO 17025 Laboratory Competence and Calibration, Qualitation, ISO Certficiation

Why ISO 17025 accreditation gets great results

There are several requirements for organisations looking to achieve this accreditation. Your processes must be:

  • Recorded
  • Repeatable
  • Controlled
  • Error assessed
  • Regularly audited and fed into wider management reviews.

There are wide benefits to achieving ISO 17025 accreditation. These include the ability to demonstrate competent operation and valid results; increase confidence in your work thanks to achieving a globally recognised standard; and the knock-on effect of continuously galvanising co-operation between scientific testing companies around the world.

If you perform tests for others, then ISO 17025 is also the standard used to demonstrate that your calibrations are carried out reliably and accurately. For example, if your business calibrates instruments for third parties, then the calibration aspect of the standard will apply to you. In the UK, this standard is only assessed and awarded by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).

ISO 17025 Laboratory Competence and Calibration, Qualitation, ISO Certficiation

Our Consultants provide expert support to ensure compliance across the whole range of ISO Standards. They are located around the UK and can work virtually or are prepared to travel far and wide to help transform your business.

ISO standards incorporate best practice from organisations in a wide range of industries and around the globe. There are many benefits to gaining an ISO certificate, including:

  • slashing waste to boost available capital
  • increasing customer retention rates
  • improving workforce morale
  • becoming a leader in your market sector.

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