Confidence in the market place is essential and
consumers place a considerable amount of trust that the products and services
that they purchase are adequate.
In order to achieve high standards of quality numerous regulations and
standards are in place detailing specific requirements associated with the manufacturing of products.
organisations, regardless of size, require independent evaluations either
through choice (to reduce risk of product failure or to evaluate long term
behaviour of a product for example) or because of legislative or industry
Laboratories around the world play a major role in ensuring
quality and compliance by being an integral part of this process through the
provision of these independent evaluations in areas such as calibration of
equipment, inspection of equipment, products and processes and testing of
components, materials or products.
In order to ensure that the laboratories are competent
to provide this service, the international standard ISO/IEC 17025
was issued by the International Organization for Standardization in 1999. There
are many commonalities with the ISO 9001 standard, but ISO/IEC 17025 adds in
the concept of competence to the equation. It applies directly to those
organizations that produce testing and calibration results and is globally
recognised through the ILAC agreement as the international standard against
which accreditation bodies assess laboratories.
Laboratory accreditation provides formal recognition that a laboratory
satisfies the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and provides a mechanism for customers
to identify and select reliable testing, measurement and calibration services.
To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated regularly by the
accreditation body to ensure their continued compliance with requirements, and
to check that their standard of operation is being maintained.
Laboratory accreditation is highly regarded both nationally and
internationally as a reliable indicator of technical competence. Many organisations
operating in the aerospace, automotive, construction, defence, food &
consumer products, health sciences, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and
transportation sectors routinely specify laboratory accreditation for suppliers
of calibration and testing services.
laboratory is seeking ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and requires assistance with
the development and implementation of a suitable management system the
LC Consultancy Services Ltd offer an independent service to assist with this process.
Our highly experienced and professional consultants can provide assistance with
the interpretation of the requirements and the subsequent implementation of
procedures appropriate to your business needs.