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QUESTIONS RELATED TO ISO 17025:2017 STANDARD

ISO 17025 Standard is a system of standards on quality management that is specifically applied for the testing-calibration sector. ISO 17025 is enforced and developed by ISO – International Organization for Standardization.

ISO/IEC 17025 Standard, which is considered internationally standardized, is to certify the capacity of testing and calibration laboratories playing important roles in commerce, production development, products and customer protection.

Different from standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, etc, ISO 17025 applies the assessment form of recognition, but not certification. The Board of Acknowledgement in Vietnam  is doing ISO 17025 certification work here.

Questions on ISO 17025 Standard:

What is ISO/IEC 17025?

Answer:

ISO Organization enforced ISO/IEC 17025 standard ‘General requirements for the capacity of testing and calibration laboratories’ that is substituted for ISO/IEC Guide 25 and (TCVN 5958:1995) and EN 45001. This standard specifies goals of Laboratories (Lab) which desire to justify that they have enough technical and managing organizational abilities, work effectively, and are able to provide technically valuable testing and calibration results.

Applied subjects of ISO 17025 set of standards

Answer: The ISO 17025 set of standards is applied for subjects:

  • Testing or calibration Laboratory
  • Customers of the Lab
  • Management authorities and certification bodies certificating the use of this standard to confirm or recognize the capacity of laboratories

Benefits of ISO 17025 application

  • Help enterprises enhance the managing and technical capacity of testing or calibration laboratories.
  • Help to guarantee the accuracy and reliabilty of tesing or calibration results.
  • Facilitate the acknowledgement of testing or calibration results within applied units.
  • Integrate recognition activities of testing or calibration laboratories in Vietnam and other countries in the world.

What is the current version of ISO 17025?

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 replaced ISO 17025:2005 version

After laboratories have been certified by ISO 17025, can they implement experimenting activities with products that are sent to them by customer units?

Answer:

In terms of professional competence, there is no problem. Whether the business license of laboratories has the capacity of testing or experimental business or not and whether in the process of registration for recognition they register these activities or not need to be considered.

Do laboratories certified by ISO 17025 need ISO 9001 certification?

Answer:

ISO/IEC 17025 justifies that the experimenting capacity meet requirements, ISO 9001 helps to manage the work of satisfying customers. However, ISO 17025 is completely suitable with ISO 9001. Therefore, ISO 9001 certification can shorten time and minimize labour.

What are conditions to establish ISO 17025 successfully?

  • Dedication of leaders
  • Deep insight into requirements of ISO 17025, professional-related requirements
  • Infrastruture, equipment for testing and experimenting
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