ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Published

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories replaces the 2005 version.

The more significant changes include:

  • A revised scope to cover all laboratory activities including testing, calibration, and their associated sampling
  • A new structure that matches other conformity assessment standards
  • A process approach that matches newer standards such as ISO 9001:2015
  • A stronger focus on information technology that recognizes that hard copy documents are being phased out
  • A new section risk-based thinking
  • Updated terminology

The new version was published at the end of November 2017. The International Accreditation Service, IAS, published a transition timeline that says all labs must conform to the new standard by Dec. 1, 2020.