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Publications for Laboratory Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189:2012

Issue Number:  Edition 195

Date of Issue:  September 2015

To gain accreditation, a laboratory must be fully conversant and comply with either of the relevant standards, which are:

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005)

General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, or

ISO 15189:2012 (BS EN ISO 15189:2012)

Medical Laboratories - Requirements for Competence and Quality

Publications that provide guidance on meeting these requirements in specific areas are listed in UKAS Publications List.  It is the responsibility of the laboratory to obtain and maintain current their own copy of ISO/IEC 17025.

UKAS laboratory publications (the LAB series) give guidance in the form of extra information, detail and specific limitations with respect to the application of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO 15189. By following this guidance, laboratories will be able to demonstrate at assessment that they meet the relevant requirements.  However, a laboratory may use alternative defined methods, provided that they are shown to give an equivalent outcome.

Note: Not all publications will be relevant to a laboratory's ISO 15189 application, and some relevant publications may not necessarily reference ISO 15189 within the text. However, where applicable to the scope of a laboratory's activity, they remain critical guidance in the application of the requirements of ISO 15189.

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique on the Management System
Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General Requirements
for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique on the Management System
Requirements of ISO/IEC 15189:2012 - Medical Laboratories -
Particular requirements for quality and competence 

LAB 1 Reference to Accreditation for Laboratories (Edition 5, August 2009)
LAB 3 The Conduct of UKAS Laboratory Assessments (Edition 4, August 2009) 
LAB 5 Reporting of Calibration Results (Edition 2, November 2012)
LAB 11 Traceability of Temperature Measurement: Platinum Resistance Thermometers, Liquid-in-glass Thermometers and Radiation Thermometers (Edition 4, November 2012)
LAB 12 The Expression of Uncertainty in Testing (Oct 2000)
LAB 13 UKAS Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17025 Dealing with Expressions of Opinions and Interpretations (Oct 2001)
LAB 14 In-house Calibration and Use of Weighing Machines (Edition 5, July 2015)
LAB 15 Traceability: Volumetric Apparatus (Edition 2, June 2009)
LAB 22 Traceability: Test Sieves (Nov 2000)
LAB 23 Traceability for Equipment used in Acoustical Testing (Edition 2, Jan 2007)
LAB 24 Measurement of Traceability and Calibration in the Mechanical Testing of Metallic Materials (Nov 2000)
LAB 25 Traceability of Hardness Measurements (Edition 2, November 2012)
LAB 26 Calibration of Radionuclide Sources: Activity, Particle or Photon Emission Rate, Air Kerma Rate (Edition 2, October 2004)
LAB 30

Application of ISO/IEC 17025 for Asbestos Sampling and Testing (Edition 3, January 2015)

LAB 31 Use of Culture Media Procured Ready-to-use or Partially Completed in Microbiological Testing (Edition 2, June 2009)
LAB 32 Accreditation for Suppliers to the UK National DNA Database (Edition 3, November 2012)
LAB 34 The Expression of uncertainty in EMC Testing (Aug 2002)
LAB 36 Laboratory Accommodation and Environment in the Measurement of Length, Angle and Form (Edition 3, Dec 2008)
LAB 37 Accreditation Requirements for Sampling and Testing in Accordance with the Drinking Water Testing Specification (DWTS) (Edition 3, June 2013)
LAB 39 UKAS Guidance on the Implementation and Management of Flexible Scopes of Accreditation within Laboratories (Aug 2004)
LAB 45 Schedules of Accreditation for Calibration Laboratories (Edition 1, November 2012)
LAB 46 UKAS Policy for Participation in Measurement Audits and ILCs (Edition 2, July 2014)
M3003 The Expression of Uncertainty and Confidence in Measurement (Edition 3, November 2012)
EA Publications Relevant EA Publications


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