ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation Explained
ISO/IEC 17025 is the international standard for both calibration and testing laboratories. It was initially known as ISO/IEC guide 25; ISO/IEC 17025 was originally issued by the international organization for standardization in 2000.
The two sections in ISO/IEC 17025 – Technical Requirements and Management Requirements.
Technical Requirements determine the competence of staff, mythology, and test/calibration equipment. Management Requirements are related to the effectiveness and operation of the quality management system within the laboratory.
A prerequisite for a laboratory to obtain accreditation is to have a documented quality management system addressing the elements of the standard. The contents of the quality manual detail the outline of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.