Comparing ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to the 2005 version

Posted by Cathy Wylie on

Now that the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard has been published, laboratories are starting to look at the necessary steps to update their management systems to meet the new requirements. The main question laboratories are asking is what has changed?

CALA is providing a Xwalk document that will help you answer that question. You can access the document from the CALA Transition page at this link.  This page has additional resources to help support accredited laboratories make the transition from the 2005 version of the standard to the 2017 version. 

To get more details on the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, register in one of CALA's courses. If you are looking for the details on the what has changed and how to apply those changes in your laboratory, attend the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 What's New or Different course. This course is available both virtually and in the classroom. If you are looking to attend a classroom course, a new date in Toronto has just been added on April 24. The course is also running in Edmonton on May 14. 

If you want training on the full standard, then register for Understanding ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This course is also available both virtually and in the classroom. 

For more details on both courses, or to register, click on this link

For details on conducting a Gap Analysis on your management system, see our article on How to Conduct a Gap Analysis

If you have suggestions for additional training on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 let us know in the comments section, or contact us at 

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  • Yes, that clears it up nicely, thanks!

    Jeff Hill on
  • Hi Jeff:

    The key piece wording is “affect laboratory activities.” Laboratory activities are defined as testing; calibration; sampling, associated with subsequent testing or calibration. (Definition is from the Terminology section) So the products and services that you need to control are those that affect your laboratory activities (e.g. your testing) Your boundary should be similar to what it was under the 2005 version — anything that affects the validity of your testing results. Office supplies don’t need to be included.

    Hope that helps!

  • Hi Cathy,
    Regarding ISO 17025:2017 clause 6.6.1, “…products and services that affect laboratory activities…” – where do we draw a reasonable boundary around this? Especially when bullet c) expands the scope to include products and services “used to support the operation of the laboratory” – which could include a lot of things (e.g. office supplies). It was fairly easy to understand the old term “affect the quality of tests/calibrations”, but the new terminology seems more vague. I couldn’t find a clear answer in any of the webinars or course materials, or in P07:2017.
    Thanks, Jeff

    Jeff Hill on

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