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Standard Issues

The new standard acknowledges that
information management accompanies
the control of data. Several new references are made to computer systems,
electronic records and reporting results,
communication technologies and sample
management with lab information management systems.

necessary components to establish metrological
traceability.
Many have wondered whether ISO/IEC
17025:2017 would finally define the expectation of accredited labs to perform proficiency
testing/interlaboratory comparisons as a
requirement. The answer is yes. It is now in
clause 7.7, and many additional considerations,
including expanding the quality assurance focus,
have been added.
Many quality assurance practices are highlighted and noted for review during assessments.
The standard addresses interlaboratory comparisons and intralaboratory comparisons in
separate clauses-denoting the value of both
approaches. Performance comparison as a
separate clause may provide the impetus for
externally provided tests.
The new standard acknowledges that information management accompanies the control of
data. Several new references are made to computer systems, electronic records and reporting
results, communication technologies and sample
management with lab information management
systems.
The new standard outlines a seven-element
set of requirements for complaint processing. It
requires increased documented communication
between the accredited lab and the complainant.
Much of what is different in the 2017 standard is a matter of focus rather than additional
requirements. It is less prescriptive and more
focused on the outcomes of processes. While
it may appear during the initial review of ISO/
IEC 17025:2017 that several requirements are
no longer present, the reader may find that the
concepts remain.

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The effect of the process approach of ISO/
IEC 17025:2017 can be seen by the fact that it
contains about 20 fewer instances of "shall"-the
term indicating a requirement in an ISO document-than in the 2005 version.

What changes for accreditation bodies and assessments?

Accreditation bodies must create an implementation timeline for their employees, assessors,
technical experts, customers and applicants for
accreditation. They must train their assessors. In
addition, they must update assessment checklists for the 2017 standard and define how soon
they can be used on assessments.

How can labs prepare?

Online training is available at www.anab.org/
training/iso17025/2017. This is the only selfpaced web course available in the world, but
there are a few traditional classroom courses
offered in some parts of the United States.
The first step for labs to take in their transition
to the 2017 standard is to purchase the standard. The second step is to provide training to
employees. Next, labs must establish or evaluate
their management system documentation to
identify any gaps in conformance.
If the lab already has documentation based on
the 2005 version, it may help to have a crosswalk document, which the accreditation body
may be able to provide. The document will help
with the new numbering system and ensure all
clauses are covered. Many currently accredited
labs will find there are few deficiencies in their
systems to address, but more opportunity for
flexibility in addressing requirements.


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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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