Testing laboratories seeking ISO/IEC 17025 will be impacted in multiple areas. The main difference between good analytical practices and formal accreditation is the amount of documentation to be developed. There is no doubt that any good analytical laboratory uses qualified analysts, checks the performance of equipment used for testing, and validate methods. However, many times the outcome of the tests is not fully documented. ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation requires formal documented environment – ‘what is not documented is a rumor,’ and is viewed by assessors as ‘not being done.’
The overall impact of accreditation on a testing laboratory can be best illustrated by looking at the whole sample/data workflow. Figure 1 shows a typical laboratory workflow of samples and test data, together with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.
Documentation control, corrective & preventive actions, complaint handling, suppler & subcontractor management, non-conflicting organizational structure, internal audits
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