ISO 17025 is an international regulation developed by ISO (International Organization for Standarization), which establishes the requirements that testing and calibration laboratories shall comply with. Its aim is to prove that these are technically competent and able to produce technically valid results.
Unlike other quality norms which are certified by certification organizations (for example, ISO 9000 or ISO 14000), ISO 17025 is only accredited by the Argentine Accreditation Organization (OAA), which allows its laboratories to be internationally recognized.
FORUMS OF INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION (ILAC – IAF – IACC):
Organization of certification in each country
Argentine Accreditation Organization (OAA): Laboratories Certifying entities
One accreditation – One certification – One trial test
One standard International validity
Credibility and transparency in the market thus facilitating trade
ISO 17025 standard’s focal points:
The ISO 17025 focuses on the following points:
• Employing competent staff, duly qualified for the performance of duties
• Usage of recognized testing methods, valid and officially published by standardizing bodies such as the case of the IRAM standards that regulate the extinguishing chemical agents
• Development of the measurements in controlled environments, ensuring infrastructure levels and calibrated equipment according to international patterns
• Objectivity of the decisions based on the independence of criteria and professionalism