ISO 17025:2017 outlines the general requirements for laboratories to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.This standard also helps to facilitate co-operation between laboratories and other bodies by generating a wider acceptance of results between countries.

Laboratories use ISO 17025:2017 to develop and implement a quality which will improve their ability to consistently produce valid results and as a certificate to confirm its competence to customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies. This standard is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities.


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