A key element of ISO17025 is that it requires laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and can generate valid results.
This white paper explores the ways in which an integrated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) can play a key role in achieving, maintaining, and benefiting from ISO17025 accreditation.
It outlines the role a LIMS plays in managing samples and the testing process, as well as managing resources and process requirements.
In this LIMS for ISO17025 white paper you will learn:
- Managing sample handling and testing processes
- Resources requirements including personnel, facilities, and equipment
- Process requirements including selection of methods, sampling, reporting of results and managing non-conforming work
- Relevant section references to find the source information in ISO17025
ISO/IEC17025:2017 is the international standard that specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. It can be used by laboratory customers, accreditation bodies, and other organizations to recognize the competence of laboratories. The key element of the standard is that it requires laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and can generate valid results. However, the latest version of the standard (2017) does not prescriptively state how this should be done; rather it encourages a risk-based approach. This requires organizations to assess the risks associated with the provisions of the standard and to show how the identified risks have been minimized. Key to this is the management of the laboratory process, the management of laboratory resources and the management of data that exists in, or is created by, the laboratory.