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Title: Principles Behind The Requirements Of ISO/IEC 17025
Author: Ned Gravel
Source: 2003 Measurement Science Conference
Year Published: 2003
Abstract: ISO/IEC 17025 is a standard that sets out the specific requirements to be met by laboratories wishing to achieve the production of competent results as a matter of course. These requirements were developed by groups of laboratory experts from around the world over the course of 30 years. From the first, laboratory competence has been the paramount consideration. In todays world, recognition of such competence generally requires that laboratories which have implemented the requirements of the standard obtain accreditation. This accreditation is the mark of recognition of their competence. Accreditation involves assessment and, like all audit-associated activities, assessment of technical competence requires trained assessors to deliver these assessments. Assessors must be fully cognisant of each of the requirements in the standard.