ISO 17025 - Laboratory Accreditation


By obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation it demonstrates your laboratory’s ability to produce valid and consistently reliable testing, calibration, and sampling.

Having ISO 17025 in place will also provide assurance that:

Staff are technically competent

Test equipment is maintained

Measurements and calibrations align with national standards

Quality assurance activities  ensure proper accurate calibration and test data

Data produced in the laboratory is accurate and reliable,

What Is ISO 17025?

  • It is the single most important and recognized international standard for testing, sampling and calibration laboratories. This includes all laboratories that perform these activities, and not just those within the life science sector.
  • It specifies a set of rules that a laboratory requires for the management of a world class quality system.
  • It is a standard that is approved and recognised worldwide by all laboratories to perform testing and calibration processes.
  • Aims at the implementation of a quality system within laboratories that will work towards continuous improvement of various testing and calibration methods to produce valid results.

Why ISO 17025?

  • ISO/IEC 17025 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.
  • It also helps facilitate cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results between countries. Test reports and certificates can be accepted from one country to another without the need for further testing, which, in turn, improves international trade.
  • ISO/IEC 17025 is useful for any organization that performs testing, sampling or calibration and wants reliable results.

  • This includes all types of laboratories, whether they be owned and operated by government, industry or, in fact, any other organization.

  • The standard is also useful to universities, research centres , governments, regulators, inspection bodies, product certification organizations and other conformity assessment bodies with the need to do testing, sampling or calibration.

To establish quality in testing and reliability;

To prevent risk;

To detect deviations;

To correct errors;

To improve efficiency.

Three critical questions to consider when considering ISO 17025  Accreditation

Does the laboratory “say” what they do?

  • Are there written documents (policies, procedures, arrangements) that meet the requirements of ISO 17025?

Does the laboratory “do” what they say?

  • Are they in compliance with their own quality system, test methods and ISO 17025 requirements?

And can they “prove” it with their records?

  • Records ranging from training records, standards, work books, client reports, audit reports and everything in between are available ?

How EQS will assist you to obtain ISO 17025 accreditation?

Our experienced consultants will assist your organization to:

  • Explain the requirements of ISO 17025  and how to implement it within your current system in the Laboratory
  • Conduct a gap audit against the requirements of ISO 17025 to determine the ISO 17025 requirements already addressed and those requirements requiring more focus.
  • Assist you to implement the ISO 17025 requirements this includes formulating policies, procedures and developing forms.
  • Provide training to the staff to understand the requirements of ISO 17025 and how to implement it
  • Conduct internal audits
  • Assist your organization with the entire accreditation process
  • Help to maintain your management system after being accredited.

Boost your laboratory’s reputation and get IOS 17025 accredited.