Calibration as well as testing and analysing a sample is the daily practice of more than 60 000 laboratories worldwide, but how can they reassure customers about the reliability of their results?
[from the www.iso.org website]
Sandrine Tranchard of ISO writes: ‘Over the years, ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, has become the international reference for testing and calibration laboratories wanting to demonstrate their capacity to deliver trusted results. The International Standard contains a set of requirements enabling laboratories to improve their ability to produce consistently valid results. However, the laboratory environment has changed dramatically since the standard was last published in 2005, leading to the decision to revise the standard and integrate significant changes. Since 2005, market conditions have changed and we felt that some improvements could be made to the standard’.