What is ISO 17025:2017?

About ISO

 ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is the standard which covers the

“General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.”  


ISO/IEC 17025 was first issued in 1999 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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It is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world.

Laboratories that are accredited to this international standard have demonstrated that they are technically competent and able to produce precise and accurate test and/or calibration data.

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Version of ISO 17025

There have been three releases; in 1999, 2005 and 2017

The 2017 version of ISO/IEC 17025 has modified this structure to be Scope, Normative References, Terms and Definitions, General Requirements, Structural Requirements, Resource Requirements, Process Requirements, and Management System Requirements.



ISO/IEC 17025 is useful for any organization that performs testing, sampling or calibration and wants reliable results.

SO/IEC 17025 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.

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