How to Achieve ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

Where Do I Start?

We recommend reading MA 3033, Accreditation Manual for Forensic Service Providers, and reviewing the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements, ANAB requirements and other documents for the applicable program, and the flow chart below to begin the accreditation process.

ISO/IEC 17025 specifies the general requirements for competence to carry out tests/ and or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration quality systems using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.

ISO/IEC 17025 consists of five sections:

  • Scope
  • Normative References
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Management Requirements
  • Technical Requirements.

The two main sections are Management Requirements, which are primarily related to the operation and effectiveness of the laboratory's quality management system, and Technical Requirements, which includes factors that determine the correctness and reliability of the tests and calibrations performed by the laboratory.

ANAB's forensic accreditation program requirements add forensic-specific requirement in areas where ISO/IEC 17025 is general.

The next step is to send email or call 414-501-5455, to begin discussions. You’ll find our employees very welcoming of inquiries and ready to help.

Determining your scope of accreditation is the next critical step. Your scope defines the specific tests and/or calibrations for which your organization will be accredited, and it helps us to determine the number of days needed for your on-site assessment. It’s not necessary to become accredited for all your organization’s capabilities, and it’s possible that the initial draft scope may not be your final scope of accreditation.

What's the Process for Achieving Accreditation?

This diagram outlines the ANAB forensic accreditation process:

Forensic Accreditation Process

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Our customers value the skill of our employees and assessors in providing fast and helpful service. ANAB has a 97% customer retention rate and is highly regarded in the accreditation community.

When undergoing an accreditation assessment, you want assessors who are not just skilled and knowledgeable but also know how to engage in a courteous, congenial, and meaningful manner. This is how working with ANAB makes the difference. No matter who you deal with at ANAB, you'll find that we serve our customers in a way that sets us apart from the others.

As a non-profit, non-government entity, ANAB operates with the freedom and speed of a private entity and without the burden of a profit-first mentality. We work closely with many U.S. federal agencies, including sponsorship of accreditation programs, auditing on the agency’s behalf, and directly accrediting the agencies themselves.

We believe in a partnership approach to assessments. Our assessors are highly trained industry experts who meet rigorous technical requirements.

ANAB is recognized internationally in accrediting organizations to ISO/IEC 17025. This recognition ensures global acceptance of ANAB-accredited laboratories' test reports and calibration certificates for the purposes of free trade and regulatory acceptance. ANAB maintains membership in the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).


ANAB provides public and private training courses for all the ISO standards for which we offer accreditation. Educational webcasts, come of which are provided at no cost, are also available.

Consultants and Quality Manual Templates

While ANAB does not provide any consulting services, we can refer you to independent consultants and sites that provide quality manual templates that could be helpful. Contact us for consultant options that could fit your specific needs.