The purpose of this book is to demystify the requirements delineated within ISO/IEC 17025:2005 while providing a road map for organizations that wish to receive/maintain accreditation for their laboratories. AS9100, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 are standards that support the development and implementation of effective approaches to quality management and are recognized blueprints for the establishment of a quality management system (QMS) for diverse industries. Although similar to these recognized QMS standards, ISO/IEC 17025 serves a unique purpose: laboratory accreditation. It is not unusual for laboratories to retain dual certification to ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025.
Because ISO/IEC 17025 contains requirements specific to the laboratory environment not addressed by ISO 9001, this book highlights the differences between ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 while providing the practical insight and tools needed for laboratories wishing to achieve or sustain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.