BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017

General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

Status : Current   Published : December 2017
Conformity to regulation : Designated



What is this standard about?

This standard is used to confirm or recognize the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. It applies to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations, including first, second and third-party laboratories.

Who is this standard for?

  • Laboratories where testing and/or calibration is part of inspection or product certification
  • Laboratory customers
  • Testing organizations
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Accreditation bodies
  • Organizations and schemes using peer assessment

Why should you use this standard?

It specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. It looks at all of the requirements that testing and calibration laboratories and testing organizations have to meet to prove that they operate a quality system; are technically competent; and can generate technically valid results. It applies to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.  

What’s changed since the last update?

This standard had not been revised since 2005. This technical revision cancels and supersedes the previous edition and has made three main changes:

  1. A definition of “laboratory” has been added
  2. Risk-based thinking has been applied, enabling some prescriptive requirements to be replaced by performance-based requirements 
  3. There is greater flexibility in the requirements for processes, procedures, documented information and organizational responsibilities

Standard NumberBS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017
TitleGeneral requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
Publication Date31 December 2017
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 17000, IEC Guide 99, VIM
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO Guide 35, ISO 9001, ISO 5725-3, ISO 19011, ISO Guide 30, IEC 17065, ISO 17511, IEC 17021-1, ISO 5725-2, JCGM 106:2012, ISO Guide 80, ISO Guide 33, ISO 5725-4, ISO 5725-1, ISO Guide 31, IEC 17043, ISO 17034, IEC 12207, ISO 10012, IEC Guide 98-3, IEC Guide 98-4, ISO 15189, ISO 9000, ISO 5725-6, IEC 17011, GUM:1995, IEC 17020, ISO 21748, ISO 31000, ISO 15194, IEC Guide 115
International RelationshipsEN ISO/IEC 17025:2017,ISO/IEC 17025:2017
Amended ByCorrigendum, June 2018; Corrigendum, March 2018
DescriptorsQuality assurance systems, Test equipment, Quality control, Laboratory accreditation, Data sampling, Test laboratories, Reports, Calibration, Organizations, Documents, Quality assurance, Testing organizations
Title in FrenchExigences générales concernant la compétence des laboratoires d'étalonnages et d'essais
Title in GermanAllgemeine Anforderungen an die Kompetenz von Prüf- und Kalibrierlaboratorien
ISBN978 0 539 01414 3
File Size1.149 MB

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