Background of laboratory auditing

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, so promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world. It 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

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In addition to building your business reputation amongst auditors and regulators, accreditation to  the ‘system’ approach of ISO 17025 will help achieve cost savings,  improve the lab testing environment, enhance customer satisfaction through increased confidence in your results and better service, and improve staff competency, morale and accountability.

An effective ISO 17025 laboratory management system will ensure the following advantages:

  • Enhance reputation through  accreditation to an internationally recognised laboratory management system,
  • Achieve cost savings through better control of lab operations and reduction of re-testing,
  • Ensure consistency through systematic documented description of all activities and recording of all relevant information,
  • Full audibility and traceability of results,
  • Improved laboratory environment as validation and appropriateness of test methods results in greater accuracy and precision of results,
  • Accurate, precise test results every time with effective response to queries results in enhanced customer satisfaction,
  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities for staff and a focus on competency and developing skills results in improved knowledge, involvement in their work and morale.

Our experienced laboratory consultants can help you improve your lab management system by:

  • Assessing your existing laboratory management system against 17025 requirements and identifying gaps or opportunities for improvement,
  • Evaluating your documentation for possible improvements and streamlining,
  • Interviewing management and staff to determine gaps in competency and means of improving practices,
  • Providing a comprehensive audit report outlining your strengths and areas for improvement along with detailed recommendations.

ISO 17025 management system audits are intended to review a company’s progression towards achieving accreditation to the ISO 17025 standard and, where the organization is already accredited, to identify means of improving performance.

Operating an effective laboratory management system relies upon effective system audits by competent quality auditors. Our auditors draw on their extensive expertise to provide an independent and expert look at your LMS to identify opportunities for improvement to improve the effectiveness of your system and reduce operational errors.

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