Tips for Transitioning to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

ANAB ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Assessment Risk Based Thinking Laboratories

A new ANAB webcast can help you prepare your laboratory for its ISO/IEC 17025:2017 assessment in 2019.

As 2018 winds down, laboratories accredited by ANAB need to plan for the transition to the 2017 requirements. Beginning January 1, 2019, laboratories seeking accreditation will be held to the requirements of the 2017 standard.

A recent series of ANAB blog posts related to the new requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and the impact of the transition on the laboratories and their customers. Performing a gap assessment within your management system will better prepare your laboratory for an assessment to the new requirements. Planning ahead now will allow ample time to implement corrective actions identified in the gap assessment within your laboratory’s management system.

While ANAB’s deadline for the transition to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is December 2019, some laboratories chose to transition to the new edition of the standard in 2018. These early transition assessments have identified common issues in the areas of impartiality, addressing risks and opportunities, decision rules and statements of conformity, complaint handling, and ensuring the validity of results. The 2017 clauses for these requirements are either new or significantly different from the 2005 edition of the standard and require specific focus when transitioning your management system to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Want to know more? Tune in to the new webcast “Top 5 Issues in Laboratories Transitioning to ISO/IEC 17025:2017” where we will discuss these issues further, so you can better prepare your laboratory for its ISO/IEC 17025:2017 assessment in 2019.

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