Publication of ISO/IEC 17025

Standards Malaysia is pleased to inform all laboratories that the new edition of ISO/IEC 17025, the standard used to accredit testing & calibration laboratories is just published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

All accredited laboratories under SAMM will need to transition their processes to the new version within a three-year period from the publication date of the new standard.

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 can be purchased directly from the ISO Webstore via this link The MS version of this standard is currently not available and Standards Malaysia will notify on its publication.

What are the main changes in the 2017 version?

  • The scope has been revised to cover testing, calibration and sampling associated with subsequent calibration and testing.
  • The process approach now matches that of newer standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 15189 (quality of medical laboratories) and ISO/IEC 17021-1 (requirements for audit and certification bodies).
  • The standard has now a stronger focus on information technologies and incorporates the use of computer systems, electronic records and the production of electronic results and reports.
  • A new chapter introduces the concept of risk-based thinking.