General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.
It is applicable to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations. These include, for example, first-, second and third-party laboratories, and laboratories where testing and/or calibration forms part of inspection and product certification.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is for use by laboratories in developing their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations.
Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies may also use it in confirming or recognizing the competence