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EN SA ISO IEC 17025:2005 ACCREDITATION FOR LABORATUARY

ISO 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Test and Calibration Laboratory was published by Turkish Institute of Standards, TSE, in May, 2000.

This standard was established with experiences achieved from the application of ISO/IEC Guide 25 and EN 45001. ISO 17025 includes all requirements that shall be fulfilled by a test and/or calibration laboratory which wants to prove that it maintains a quality system, is technically competent and accomplishes valid technical results.

ISO 17025 brings with itself accreditation concept. Competence of test and/or calibration laboratory is granted by bodies granting accreditation.

Advantages for Accredited laboratory; Accreditation of a laboratory is an evidence of technical competence. It also means that the competence of a laboratory is recognized nationally and internationally. Customer is submitted to determine and select reliable and confidential test and/or calibration services. Test reports or calibration certificates issued by an accredited laboratory are valid and acceptable internationally.

Technical Competence of a Laboratory; Technical competence of a laboratory depends upon several factors, not limited, as mentioned below:

a) Education, training and experiences of laboratory personnel,
b) Maintenance and calibration of test devices,
c) Sampling method of test item,
d) Applicable test methods conducted by laboratory,
e) Traceability for national, regional and international metrological standards,
f) An effective recording and reporting system,
g) Qualifications of test utility.

Who can achieve ISO 17025 Accreditation Certificate?

ISO 17025 Standard is applicable for all bodies serving test and/or calibration. These bodies comprise 1st party, 2nd party and 3rd party laboratories and other laboratories that serving test and/or calibration as a part of examination and product certification.

1st party laboratory: Manufacturer’s Laboratory

2nd party laboratory: Customer’s Laboratory

3rd party laboratory: Independent Laboratory

This International Standard is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities. When a laboratory does not undertake one or more of the activities covered by this International Standard, such as sampling and the design/development of new methods, the requirements of those clauses do not apply.

This International Standard doesn’t include regulations and safety requirements of activities of laboratory, such as environmental safety, occupational safety.

General Purpose of ISO 17025 Standard

ISO 17025 standard was produced for an intention as states in other management systems. The intention is to establish the reliability for results of test and calibration.

ISO 17025 History

ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories was published by TSE in May, 2000. This standard was established with experiences achieved from the application of ISO/IEC Guide 25 and EN 45001. The new version of this International standard published in 12th of May 2005 is valid to comply with ISO 9001:2000. In European Union, Accreditation is compulsory for a number of certain areas. The most important is customer and market requirements. In evaluations of designation of a body to be notified, Ministry, like a customer, demands accreditation. Accreditation for food laboratory is mandatory. In close future, accreditation for all laboratories will be expected to be an obligation, however.

ISO 17025 Benefits

An effective ISO 17025 management system provides:

a) A legal recognition for laboratories that prove itself being a competence laboratory for specific tests which is accredited.
b) Reducing repeating of testing and evaluations.
c) Up-to-date for test standards.
d) An acceptable criterion for test reports issued by an accredited laboratory in national and international markets.
e) A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) that removes all barriers against mobility of test reports.
f) An increase in capacity of laboratory.
g) Reputability and superior to trading
h) A single inspection for a laboratory by means of being recognized by 3rd party and prevents multi inspection.
i) Improvement for the quality of tests.
j) A continued quality and reliability
k) Increasing of customer satisfaction
l) Increasing of technical competence of personnel
m) A continued maintenance and control of devices and tools.
n) Recruitment for resources
o) Initializing friendly activities with environment
p) Determination of responsibility and authority of personnel.

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