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Cooper Research Technology is pleased to announce that we have successfully transitioned from ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. A new version of the schedule has been published to the UKAS website here.

The last version of ISO/IEC 17025 was published in 2005 and, since then, market conditions and technology have changed. The new version covers technical changes, vocabulary and developments in IT techniques. It also takes into consideration the latest version of ISO 9001. The new standard was published in 2017 and all accredited laboratories have until 30th November 2020 to transition. We are one of the first organisations in the UK to have successfully transitioned to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation.

What are the key changes?

ISO/IEC 17025 takes into consideration the new ways of working of laboratories today. The most substantive changes are as follows:

  • The scope has been revised to cover all laboratory activities, including testing, calibration and the sampling associated with subsequent calibration and testing.
  • A new structure has been adopted to align the standard with the other existing ISO/IEC conformity assessment standards such as the ISO/IEC 17000 series on conformity assessment.
  • The process approach now matches that of newer standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 15189 (quality of medical laboratories) and the ISO/IEC 17000 series (standards for conformity assessment activities), putting the emphasis on the results of a process instead of the detailed description of its tasks and steps.
  • The standard has a stronger focus on information technologies. In recognition of the fact that hard-copy manuals, records and reports are slowly being phased out in favour of electronic versions, it incorporates the use of computer systems, electronic records and the production of electronic results and reports.
  • A new section has been added introducing the concept of risk-based thinking and describes the commonalities with the new version of ISO 9001:2015, Quality management systems – Requirements.
  • The terminology has been updated. Examples include changes to the Inter- national Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM) and alignment with ISO/IEC terminology, which has a set of common terms and definitions for all standards dedicated to conformity assessment.

How does this benefit you as the customer?

ISO/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. It also helps facilitate cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results between countries. Test reports and certificates can be accepted from one country to another without the need for further testing.

The accreditation helps you minimise risk by ensuring that you are choosing a technically competent laboratory / manufacturer that has a robust quality system in place. Our service engineers provide a ready means for customers to find reliable testing and calibration services, capable of meeting any and all of their calibration testing requirements.

When choosing Cooper Research Technology as your business partner, you are also selecting our international reputation for high quality, competence, integrity and innovation. Each item of equipment is subject to rigorous quality tests at every stage of its design and manufacture to ensure that we provide our customers with an outstanding product.

Learn more about ISO/IEC 17025 and the ISO Committee for conformity assessment (CASCO), the technical committee that developed the standard, at www.iso.org/casco.

ISO has also produced a video to promote the new standard, watch here: