How to plan for the transition to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Posted by Cathy Wylie on

A transition such as updating your management system to conform to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard requires planning.

Successful transitions have the following characteristics:

  • a plan is put in place
  • the change/transition is promoted or championed within the organization
  • roles are clarified, including having responsibilities assigned
  • the scope and objectives of the transition are clear
  • all stakeholders are involved

A transition plan typically includes the following items:

  • a description of the specific actions that will be taken
  • the assignment of responsibilities, including who is leading the transition, plus any other critical responsibilities
  • identification of the stakeholders (all the people affected by the change, and/or who will need to provide input into the decisions)
  • identification of critical timelines 
  • a communication plan
  • a training plan

Some principles to keep in mind:

  • the plan should be transparent - information should be available to the stakeholders about what is planned, the progress, etc.
  • all information about the changes should be available at implementation 
  • the transition period should be compatible with the needs of the interested parties and the resources
  • the plan should be implemented by those involved
  • communication needs to be ongoing

CALA is providing resources to support your lab's transition to the new standard. These are available at This website will be updated as more information is available.

For more details on the training available on the revised ISO/IEC 17025 standard, see Courses on ISO/IEC 17025:2017

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