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ISO 17025:2017 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” is a detailed international specification and standard which provides best management and technical guidance for testing or calibration laboratories of all sizes. As this is the international laboratory management system standard it immediately provides a lab with international recognition while its effective implementation provides quality assurance of activities and processes which translates into better confidence and trust among customers and other interested parties.

Furthermore, as all those requirements of ISO 9001 that are relevant to the scope of testing and calibration services have been incorporated into the standard’s requirements so testing and calibration laboratories that comply with ISO 17025:2017 will therefore also be operating in accordance with ISO 9001.

BioLogiQ can work with you to successfully  implement ISO 17025 for your laboratory’s quality, administrative and technical operations to demonstrate your competence to carry out tests or calibrations including sampling.

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What are the benefits of ISO 17025 Laboratory Management System?

  • Increased business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction

  • Savings in terms of time and money due to reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products

  • Better control of laboratory operations and feedback to laboratories as to whether they have a sound Quality Assurance system and are technically competent

  • Increased confidence in testing / calibration data and personnel performing work

  • Customers can search and identify the laboratories accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) for their specific requirements from the Directory of Accredited Laboratories

  • Users of accredited laboratories will enjoy greater access for their products, in both domestic and international markets, when tested by accredited laboratories.

What are the steps to accredited ISO 17025 laboratory management system and testing?

An ISO 17025 laboratory management system will help you to monitor and manage the quality of your testing and calibration work. It outlines ways to achieve and benchmark consistent performance and service enabling you to improve your performance in all areas. Committing to ISO 17025 quality management is the right choice for any lab. Let us perform a gap analysis of your existing systems to identify the most effective way of getting started so you can benefit from the best that ISO 17025 has to offer.

Work with us to apply ISO 17025 to your organisation and build up your own laboratory management system and make your processes more effective. Each lab is unique which is why we offer ISO 17025 packages customised just for you. Your ISO 17025 package will include the right mix of services your business needs to get your laboratory management started by addressing the tasks required and any specific challenges you face. Based on your tailored ISO 17025 Project Plan, we will work to adapt your existing systems and guide you step by step through the implementation process.

ISO 17025 certification gets your laboratory management system recognised globally. Demonstrate your calibration and testing compliance and commitment to the laboratory quality norm and so stay competitive and open up new business opportunities. We make the ISO 17025 accreditation process simple – first you apply, then we appoint a consultant who will guide you and your organisation through the following steps:

Pre-certification audit. First we review your readiness for assessment by checking if all the necessary ISO 17025 procedures and controls have been developed. Where we find gaps, we work with you to close them. Once all requirements are in place, we then assess the implementation of the procedures and controls within your organisation to ensure that they are effective as required for certification.

Certification and beyond. When you have passed the accreditation audit you will receive an ISO 17025 certificate which is valid for three years. We are available as required to visit and review your system to maintain its effectiveness and point out opportunities for improvement.

You have your ISO 17025 accreditation and now you need to maintain and improve it. Access our resources which can help you get the most out of your ISO 17025 certification. For example, keep your skills relevant with our training courses. This together with support from your consultant and timely reviews will help your organisation to stay compliant, competitive, and continually improving. Our laboratory courses include the following:

Whether you’re starting the accreditation process, scoping out your laboratory management system or just need to discuss options for your organisation, contact our expert team to guide you through the process.

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