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Key to the timing of the lab's preparation is receiving the transition plan from the accreditation body so
timing and required practices are understood.
One area accreditation bodies will need to define
for their own processes is the approach to assessing
management system requirements for the new standard. Labs can now maintain a management system
in accordance with option A or option B requirements, which include credit for several ISO 9001
elements. Option A requirements define the management system requirements formally in clause 8 of
the standard. Option B requirements are less defined
but allow for credit that will reduce those needing to
be audited, as long as the organization can verify ISO
9001 conformity.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requires that labs selecting
option B maintain a management system that fulfills
the intent of the requirements listed in option A,
which are appropriate for the lab's calibration and
testing activity. Labs pursuing option B should

contact their accreditation body to confirm the
assessment approach defined.

Assisting each other

While ISO/IEC 17025:2017 will require process and
implementation changes for labs and accreditation
bodies, the two groups will surely assist each other
and maintain contact to ensure that quality of services is maintained.
The 2017 version is likely to be well received. It is
hoped that all will embrace and contribute to the
implementation of the new standard for the betterment of the global technical community.
Bill Hirt is the global technical
advisor for ANAB/ANSI-ASQ
National Accreditation Board
in Alexandria, VA. He holds a
doctorate in microbiology from
the University of Cincinnati. Hirt
is a member of ASQ.

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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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