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Understand ISO 17025 Calibrations and Why They Are Important to You

Understand ISO 17025 Calibrations and Why They Are Important to You

ISO 17025 accredited calibration serves as a mark of excellence for testing and calibration labs worldwide. But what exactly does it entail, and why should you care? Let's break it down.

Laura Hatchard

What is ISO 17025 accredited calibration and why does it matter?

ISO 17025 accredited calibration is a stamp of approval for testing and calibration laboratories, indicating compliance to strict technical and quality standards. Often associated with national accreditation bodies like NIST, DANAK, UKAS, A2La, DAKKS, and COFRAC, it ensures that labs maintain high standards of accuracy and reliability in their calibration processes.

What does ISO 17025 consist of?

ISO 17025 sets out requirements for testing and calibration labs to demonstrate compliance with stringent technical and quality standards. It goes beyond the ISO 9001 quality standard, incorporating additional technical requirements. Compliance with ISO 17025 is crucial, particularly in industries where precise measurements are essential for regulatory compliance and product integrity. Only labs accredited by ILAC MLA authorized bodies are eligible to conduct accredited calibrations.

Why should I choose 17025 calibrations?

Choosing an accredited calibration gives you the highest level of confidence in its accuracy. These calibrations are conducted by labs certified by respected national accreditation bodies, which thoroughly audit labs to uphold stringent quality standards. Through these assessments, labs must comply with ISO 17025 requirements, ensuring that your calibration results are reliable and trustworthy.

Does calibration outside my country meet ISO 17025 requirements?

Certainly! Accredited calibrations from other countries are universally accepted, enabling their use worldwide. This global recognition is facilitated by agreements such as the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA). The ILAC MRA ensures the reliability and consistency of calibration services provided by accredited laboratories on a global scale.

For Ellab customers, it means you can access our network of accredited labs worldwide for your calibration needs, no matter where you are. This allows us to utilize our labs around the globe to expediate your calibration process and ensure prompt service.

Calibration certificates issued by labs accredited by different accreditation bodies also hold equal validity. Key elements of an ISO 17025 accredited calibration certificate include details about the performing laboratory, unique calibration identification, device specifications, calibration date, results, and calibration uncertainty.

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