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Volume 7 · Issue 5 · May 2002


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Little Change In ISO/IEC 17025 Despite Alignment Mandate

How do you define alignment when comparing ISO 9001:2000 with ISO/IEC 17025, which is outside the normal sector-specific requirements mode? Peter Unger writes that WG 25 addressed this question when it met in January 2002 with a mandate from ISO/CASCO to align ISO/IEC 17025 with ISO 9001:2000 in revising the lab requirements standard. Now that WG 25 has begun the revisions process, the outcome may not be what everyone expected as far as alignment is concerned. Unger provides details of the revision process so far and indicates that little change to the requirements of the standard are likely.