ISO 17025 - TESTING and CALIBRATION LABORATORIES Reach new clients Run an Efficient Laboratory by Implementing Structured Management Systems Establish Yourself as an Industry Leader by Following an Internationally Recognised Standard Gain a Competitive Edge By Boosting Your Laboratory's Credibility Get Started Play Video about Luke Desira is a business consultant in Malta ISO 17025 OVERVIEW Useful for any organisation which carries out testing, sampling or calibration and wants reliable results, ISO 17025 is the international standard for measuring laboratory efficiency. Gaining and maintaining such accreditation shows that your laboratory wants to maintain a high-level of proficiency and is committed to continuous improvement and setting up a structured system. Using a holistic approach, this standard provides a comprehensive framework for managing all the services required within a laboratory accurately and methodically. ISO 17025 Benefits ISO 17025 is the international standard for laboratory proficiency. In order to inspire confidence and demonstrate their trustworthiness to customers, all laboratories performing testing, sampling or calibration should strive to gain this accreditation. For a deeper understanding towards why accreditation would be profitable for your business, here’s a list of this ISO’s top benefits. Enhance Your ReputationImplementing ISO 17025 in your laboratory will boost the company’s credibility and reliability regarding your measurement, testing and calibration to consumers and competing organisations, as well as stakeholders. Learn More Business GrowthAs ISO 17025 provides reliability and global recognition, this standard will provide you with a competitive advantage and help you expand your clientele. Learn More Compliance AssuranceWith such accreditation, laboratories will enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being within regulatory requirements and legislations, thus avoiding unnecessary bad press and fines. Learn More Save Time and MoneyAdhering to this standard will ultimately reduce the need for re-testing products, whilst supplier audits will no longer be required by independent parties, saving you company both time and extra costs. Learn More Optimise EfficiencyEfficiency and productivity are guaranteed to increase when following ISO 17025 standards, making your laboratory a trustworthy and competent choice. Learn More Work with An Expert Hiring an expert consultant with years of experience is the best way to effectively attain accreditation. Make sure to choose an expert you trust, to provide you with a grounded approach that will simplify your life, rather than over-complicate it. Get in touch accreditation Bodies When looking to get ISO accreditation, a company can only work with that country’s accreditation body. It is important to make sure that your accreditation body is fully accredited, as only these entities are truly qualified to provide ISO accreditation. In Malta, NAB (National Accreditation Board) is the only accreditation body authorised to provide ISO 17025 accreditation. Fund YOUR JOURNEY TO ISO accreditation As a Malta Enterprise approved advisor, Luke can help his clients reap the full benefits of currently available funding. Applicable to any business based in Malta, the Government of Malta’s current funding schemes have never been better. The precise amount depending on your company’s size and ownership structure. For more information, simply get in touch for a free consultation session! Luke will help you to make the most of the best available funding incentives applicable to your business. Get in touch Fund YOUR JOURNEY TO ISO accreditation Luke’s approval as a Malta Enterprise approved advisor means that his clients can reap the full benefits of currently available funding schemes. Find out whether you are eligible for funding by getting in touch with Luke! Get in touch Funding Opportunities For laboratories that are committed to providing an excellent service, getting ISO 17025 certification is a crucial milestone. Recognising the importance of working towards this standard, there are various funding opportunities to be found in Malta. These include: 50% Tax Credits cash grants by Malta Enterprise, JobsPlus, & other entities. Enquire ISO 17025: A Closer Look What Topics Does It Cover? Published in 2017, the ISO 17025:2017 Testing & Calibration Laboratories Quality Management System remains the most recent and up-to-date version of this standard. Using a high-level system that allows it to be easily implemented alongside other ISO management systems, this standard follows the same ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model which defines all of the revised ISO standards. The following shows a brief overview of the topics this standard covers: Contextualising the Organisation’s Testing & Calibration systems and defining its overarching scope. Establishing Testing & Calibration leadership and worker roles.Planning to manage risks and opportunities.Offer support through suitable communication and documentation.Operational planning. Performance evaluation. Opportunities for corrective action Achieving ISO 17025 What It Says About Your Organisation Although achieving ISO 17025 accreditation is not a legal requirement, owning this accreditation says a lot about what type of business you are running. Adhering to this standard boasts inherent benefits but it also sends the right message to you clients, investors and competitors. Getting this accreditation proves that your organisation: Values the quality of the laboratory services it provides Is compliant with laboratory statutes and requirements. Understands the business related benefits of having good management systems in place. Is an industry leader which operates at a level of excellence by implementing the most up-to-date management standards. ISO 17025 Articles February 16, 2023 Avoid these 10 Pitfalls when Implementing an ISO Management System Read More February 8, 2023 How-To: Clause 8 Management System Options in ISO 17025 Read More January 20, 2023 Why you Need to get Certified – ISO 9001 Question and Answer (Part 1) Read More January 2, 2023 The Striking Differences Between ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 Read More December 18, 2022 Secure Success with ISO 15189 Accreditation for Medical Laboratories! Read More September 26, 2022 Useful Tips for Measurement and Uncertainty in ISO 17025 Read More September 19, 2022 ISO 17025 Laboratory Sampling Requirements – Fit the Bill! Read More September 14, 2022 How-to: Process Requirements of Clause 7 in ISO 17025 Read More September 14, 2022 Requirements of ISO 9001 as a Quality Management System – The Road to Continuous Improvement Read More Frequently Asked Questions What is ISO 17025 important? This standard is designed to outline the general requirements for the proficiency, impartiality and consistency of the laboratory’s operation. This allows laboratories to prove that they generate accurate results conducted by experts, in turn inspiring trust for their work both locally and at an international level. How long will my ISO 17025 accreditation last? Your ISO 17025 accreditation will need to be renewed after a period of three years. To maintain your accreditation, an assessment must be conducted once a year and re-accreditation is issued every three years to ensure that your testing & calibration laboratory systems continue to operate within the ISO 17025 required standards. Does ISO 17025 use a high-level structure? Yes, like other ISO standards that are concerned with different types of management systems - including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - the ISO 17025 uses a high-level structure. This indicates that the ISO 17025 may be effortlessly integrated within any existing ISO management system. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO IMPLEMENT ISO 17025? The amount of time it takes your company to earn your certification all depends on the size and complexity of your business. Luke will help you to make this process as swift and efficient as possible for your convenience. DOES MY ORGANISATION NEED TO GET ISO 17025 accredited TO IMPROVE OUR Laboratory Efficiency MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? Whilst organisations can attempt to optimise their laboratory efficiency management systems without accreditation, ISO 17025 provides a structured approach which is sustainable and internationally trusted. Therefore, although it is not necessary, it is a recommended tried-and-tested means of achieving laboratory efficiency management. IN MALTA, WHO CAN PROVIDE ISO 17025 ACCREDITATION? In Malta, only the National Accreditation Board (NAB) can provide ISO 17025 accreditation.