12 January, 2017

The Draft BS EN ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is now available on the BSI website for public comment.  

For the past couple of years, ISO/CASCO Working Group 44 have been busy preparing this new version of ISO/IEC 17025.

This standard, first produced from EN 45001 and ISO Guide 25 back in 1999, underwent just a minor revision in 2005.

The present revision addresses the need to align it with the other more recent ISO 17000 series standards, as required by ISO CASCO and to modernise the standard, recognising advances in technology and business practices.

There are no significant technical changes and presently compliant laboratories are unlikely to have any significant issues with the new standard. The biggest difference is in the structure of the Standard, which is completely revised, having distinguished “resource” from “process” and acknowledging the possible role of an ISO 9001 based management system.

Work in the UK on the revision is being undertaken by BSI’s UK WG44 Mirror Group, the secretary is sarra.cheyne@bsigroup.com. It is chaired by Trevor Thompson from UKAS and contains representatives of laboratories and stakeholders.

Trevor would be pleased to receive any comments for consideration by the UK mirror group, or you may comment direct to BSI as instructed on their website. UKAS has set up a mailbox 17025.review@ukas.com if you wish to contact the UK mirror group.

Please bear in mind that the restructuring of the standard is mandatory, as is the inclusion of the ISO 9001 option. Please make any comments only on the online form, and only when suggesting replacement text on the form. BSI have set a public comment closing date of 22 February 2017.

It is presently expected that the Standard will be published at the end of 2017 and it shall have a three year implementation period. We shall, of course, be in touch with affected customers, later in the year.

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