ISO/IEC 17025:2017 - A New Accreditation Standard


ISO/IEC 17025 - 2005 and 2017 structures compared2017 saw the publication of a new version of ISO/IEC 17025 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Among other things, the new Standard adopted a substantially revised structure, including different management system options. The 2017 edition placed new emphasis on "risks and opportunities", included clearer reference to sampling activities, and added new requirements around conformity assessment and a new emphasis on metrological traceability.

This brief Information Leaflet, prepared by the Eurachem Education and training Working Group,  gives a quick overview of the main changes in the 2017 edition of the Standard.

Note: See 'Maintenance' below for further information on continued relevance of this Information Leaflet.


The leaflet is available in several different languages:

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Translation into other languages is encouraged for members of Eurachem. Other offers of translation should be directed to the Eurachem Secretariat for permission. The Eurachem policy on maintenance and development of Eurachem guidance, available on the Policies page, gives further information on translation.


Maintenance of this information leaflet

As of 2023, the date of the most recent periodic reviewNote 1 of this Information Leaflet, ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is well established in accredited laboratories. The responsible Eurachem Working Group nonetheless consider that  information in the leaflet remains of current interest and have consequently confirmed the leaflet in its original form as current Eurachem guidance.


Note 1. Eurachem policy on maintenance of Eurachem guidance can be found on the "Eurachem Policies and Procedures" page on this website.