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Standards-related developments and activities

Standard Issues
TESTING AND CALIBRATION LABS

Preparing
For Change

Steps for labs to take to transition
to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 by Bill Hirt

ISO/IEC 17025-General requirements for the
competence of testing and calibration laboratories is the global standard for testing
and calibration labs. Accreditation of a lab to
this standard by an internationally recognized
accreditation body provides a global confi dence for the tests or calibrations that the lab
offers.
Many in the world of international standards
welcome the publication of the 2017 revision
because it's been 12 years since the previous version was published, and many of the documents
referenced in the 2005 version are now obsolete.
Change was clearly needed.
Now with the recently published ISO/IEC
17025:2017, tens of thousands of labs must
learn what is new and different. This column will
outline some key changes in content, format and
style in the new revision.

Timeline consideration

For accredited labs and accreditation body
members of the International Laboratory
Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)-which
provides oversight for bodies offering accreditation for labs-there will be a three-year period
for implementation of the revised standard. The
standard will need to be translated for nonEnglish-speaking nations.
ILAC will not recognize any accreditations
to the 2005 version of the standard after the
three-year transition period. If a lab chooses not

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to conform to the new standard, it will no longer
be accredited.

What has changed?

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 has limited changes affecting the technical operations of the lab. There are
new subclauses and new emphasis on several
items.
The numbering format changed, with clauses
4 through 8 in the new version replacing clauses
4 and 5 in the 2005 standard (see Table 1). This
format aligns ISO 9001, ISO 17020 and many
other ISO conformity assessment standards.
The addition of "risks and opportunities"
in clause 8.5 encompasses the concept of
preventive action from the 2005 standard.
Requirements are less prescriptive and, as in ISO
9001, it outlines the need for accredited labs to
identify risks, prioritize them, plan and implement action related to them, and control and
monitor them over time.
Clause 4 now has only two considerations:
impartiality and confidentiality. Impartiality
(now found in the terms and definitions section)
is synonymous with objectivity. Any reference
to independence has been deleted so labs can
have more flexibility-as long as they ensure
impartiality. Additionally, detail concerning the
concept of confidentiality has been expanded.
Confidentiality now also relates to information
about the customer obtained from lab activities
or other sources.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - March 2018

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Career Coach
My Quality Story
In the Right Direction
A Different Kind of BBQ
Gaining Ground
Impeding Progress
Innovation Imperative
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
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