ISO/IEC 17025: A never Ending Journey

It seems that there is no limit to the number of laboratories seeking and maintaining accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. Why is this? Properly described as “ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories has been around since 1999, but its origins lie in ISO Guide 25 and European Standard EN4501.

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The global market for Certified Reference Materials and associated quality management products and services is a direct consequence of the publication of ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” in 1999.