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 https://www.iso.org/publication/PUB100424.html. 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.