The difference between an ISO 17025 certified laboratory and an ISO 9001 one

Published: 19-Jun-2024

The team at QSGroup, an Italy-based contamination control specialist company, go through the main differences between an ISO 17025-certified laboratory and an ISO 9001-certified laboratory

The main difference between an ISO 17025-certified laboratory and an ISO 9001-certified laboratory is that, while the first is a specific standard for testing and calibration laboratories, the second is a general standard for quality management.

ISO 17025 specifies requirements for the technical competence of laboratories, including quality management, documentation, and equipment management.

ISO 9001, on the other hand, focuses on quality management in general, without going into specific details of the technical competence of laboratories. 

ISO 17025-certified laboratory 

ISO 17025 is an international standard that establishes the general requirements for the technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

This standard covers aspects such as quality management, documentation, equipment management, and staff competence. 

Its objective is to ensure that the results of tests and calibrations carried out in a laboratory are reliable, repeatable, and comparable.

ISO 17025 specifies requirements for the technical competence of laboratories

Additionally, it helps ensure that laboratories that follow this standard are able to provide reliable and accurate results, regardless of their size or the industry in which they operate. 

To obtain ISO 17025 certification, a laboratory must demonstrate that it is able to meet the requirements established by the standard, through a verification process carried out by an accredited certification organisation.

Once certified, laboratories are subject to periodic checks to ensure they continue to meet the requirements of the standard. 

ISO 9001-certified laboratory 

ISO 9001 is an international quality management standard that establishes the requirements for an effective quality management system.

ISO 9001, on the other hand, focuses on quality management in general

Focuses on managing business processes to ensure customer satisfaction and organisational efficiency.

ISO 9001 is a voluntary standard and not specific to laboratories, it is a general standard for the quality management of an organisation.

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