ISO 17025:2017 is an international standard that sets a framework for laboratories involved in testing, sampling and calibration to produce reliable, consistent and technically valid results.

Bywater is Europe’s leading provider of ISO/IEC 17025 consultancy and training services and has laboratory experts across the country. Over the years we have helped hundreds of laboratories from a variety of industries and sectors to implement and improve their management systems.

Through the implementation of ISO 17025 Laboratories can show that they operate competently and generate valid results.

ISO 17025:2017 is split into two key parts, the development of an effective management system, with requirements aligned to ISO 9001; and laboratory technical requirements, which covers staff competency & training, and method development & validation, ensuring the validity of laboratory generated results and reporting of those results.

Accreditation to ISO 17025 recognises the competency of a laboratory and demonstrates its adherence to robust testing methods. Accreditation allows organisations to:

  • easily demonstrate reliability to potential customers, giving an advantage in tendering processes
  • continually improve and maintain operational performance and processes through internal and external assessments (monitoring and evaluation)
  • address possible risks and opportunities to continually improve the laboratory and its systems
  • create cost effective right first-time testing methods thus reducing the amount of waste and re-testing required
  • create a customer focused approach to the business, helping to retain business

With consultants across the United Kingdom, our ISO 17025 consultants can provide tailored consultancy services onsite and remotely. Within our 35 year’s experience we have:

  • helped thousands of organisations achieve and maintain ISO 17025 certification
  • become a world leading provider of ISO 17025 training and consultancy in the UK
  • trained delegates from businesses of all shapes and sizes, including offering tailored courses for those working within Forensic Science laboratories
  • become an Approved Training Partner (ATP) to the CQI and IRCA offering certified ISO 17025 Lead Auditor training courses

How we can help

ISO 17025 Gap Analysis

ISO 17025 Gap Analysis

A gap analysis involves assessing the current laboratory system to the requirements of ISO 17025, highlighting any areas of non-compliance.

We will provide a full written report with suggested actions which can be used to develop an implementation plan.

Auditing ISO 17025

Auditing Against ISO 17025

Pre-assessment audits and internal audits assist in reviewing the management systems conformance to ISO 17025 and ensuring the system is effectively implemented and maintained.

From undertaking audit, inclusive of planning and reporting, to assisting with an internal audit, our consultants can provide as much support as required.

Developing ISO 17025 Documentation

Developing Documentation

ISO 17025 details documentation required by laboratories, including documented laboratory activities and procedures.

Our consultants can review your documentation, provide guidance on documentation which will benefit your management system and create documents on your behalf to assist with business continuity.

ISO 17025 Auditor Training

ISO 17025 Training Courses

Training provides delegates with the knowledge and skills to audit against ISO 17025 to ensure the management system is effectively implemented.

Our ISO 17025 training courses, available at your premises and within the Virtual Classroom, include our CQI and IRCA certified ISO 17025 Lead Auditor and ISO 17025 Internal Auditor training courses.

Calibration and Measurement uncertainty

Calibration & Measurement Uncertainty

ISO 17025 requires measurement equipment to be calibrated and for measurement uncertainty to be evaluated.

From reviewing tests conditions to calibration certificates, our consultants will report whether testing and calibration procedures conform to ISO 17025. Training is also available including our Measurement Uncertainty training course.

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If you would like to speak to someone about how we can support your organisation call our team on 0333 123 9001 or contact us.

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