How to Achieve ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation
Where Do I Start?
We recommend reviewing the ISO/IEC 17025 checklist, ANAB guidance documents, and the flow chart below to begin the accreditation process.
The next step is to send email or call 414-501-5455, to begin discussions. You’ll find our employees very welcoming of inbound inquiries and ready to help.
Determining your scope of accreditation is the next critical step. Your scope defines the specific calibrations and/or tests 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.
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What's the Process for Achieving Accreditation?
This diagram outlines the ANAB accreditation process:
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When undergoing an accreditation assessment, you want assessors who are not just skilled and knowledgeable but also individuals who know how to engage in a courteous, congenial and meaningful manner. This is how working ANAB makes the difference. No matter who you deal with at ANAB, we serve our customers in a way that sets us apart from the others. This is a reflection of our organizational culture.
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We believe in a partnership approach to assessments. Our assessors are highly trained industry experts who meet rigorous technical requirements.
ANAB provides public and private training courses for all the ISO standards for which we offer accreditation.
ANAB’s free informational webcasts cover topics such as "The Top 10 Nonconformities in an ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory," "The Top 10 Nonconformities in an ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic Laboratory," and "The Do’s and Don’ts of an Internal Audit and Management Review."
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 particular needs.
ANAB is recognized internationally in accrediting organizations to ISO/IEC 17025. This recognition assures 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 it’s regional cooperations, APLAC and IAAC.
What is ISO/IEC 17025 and What Does It Contain?
ISO/IEC 17025 specifies the general requirements for the 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. You can purchase ISO/IEC 17025 from ANSI.
ISO/IEC 17025 consists of five elements: Scope, Normative References, Terms and Definitions, Management Requirements, and Technical Requirements. The two main sections are Management Requirements and Technical Requirements. Management Requirements are primarily related to the operation and effectiveness of the laboratory's quality management system. Technical Requirements includes factors that determine the correctness and reliability of the tests and calibrations performed by the laboratory.