ISO/IEC 17025 Revision

The standard for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025, is currently under review and is at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage.  NATA has invited comments from its Members via the NATA website.  This feedback will be collated and forwarded to Standards Australia and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for consideration. Standards Australia is the national member of ISO/CASCO (the ISO committee responsible for conformity assessment matters) and ILAC is a liaison member of ISO/CASCO.

ISO/CASCO Working Group 44, responsible for the revision of the standard, is due to meet again in July 2017 to consider the comments received on the DIS.  Depending on the range of comments received, the standard will either move to a second DIS, Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) or may in fact be published.  Whether or not a FDIS is released, it can be expected that the standard will be published by the end of the year or in early 2018 at the latest.

With this in mind, NATA is starting to give consideration to the transition to the revised ISO/IEC 17025.   This will include the development and availability of a gap analysis checklist between the 2005 version of the standard and the new version.  Information sessions for Technical Assessors and Members will be conducted.  How this will occur is still being considered but further updates and announcements will appear in future editions of NATA News.  So the take home message is: watch this space.  As information comes to light it will be shared with all relevant parties.