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What is the meaning of ISO 17025 (NABL)?

General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

NABL Accreditation (ISO 17025) :

What are the aims and objectives of NABL...?

National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and is registered under the Societies Act. NABL has been established with the objective to provide Government, Industry and Society in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Government of India has authorized NABL as the sole accreditation body for Testing and Calibration laboratories.

In order to achieve this objective, NABL provides laboratory accreditation services to laboratories that are performing tests / calibrations in accordance with NABL criteria based on internationally accepted standard for laboratory accreditation ISO/IEC 17025. These services are offered in a non-discriminatory manner and are accessible to all testing and calibration laboratories in India and abroad, regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence.

Why is laboratory accreditation required...?

Laboratory Accreditation provides formal recognition of competent laboratories, thus providing a ready means for customers to find reliable testing and calibration services in order to meet their demands.

Laboratory Accreditation enhances customer confidence in accepting testing / calibration reports issued by accredited laboratories. Society also needs to know the technically competent laboratory in fields such as Medical, Forensic, Food Testing etc.

The globalization of Indian economy and the liberalization policies initiated by the Government in reducing trade barriers and providing greater thrust to exports makes it imperative for Accredited Laboratories to be at international level of competence.

BENEFITS


customer satisfaction
Savings
Time
Increased
Testing
Customer confidence
Re-testing of products
Calibration
data

History of ISO 17025 (NABL)

ISO 17025(NABL) Requirements

Implementing ISO/IEC 17025 has benefits for laboratories, but the work and costs involved should be considered before proceeding.

Implementing ISO/IEC 17025 as part of laboratory quality initiatives provides both laboratory and business benefits such as:

  • Having access to more contracts for testing and/or calibration. Some public and private organizations only give contracts to accredited laboratories. Accreditation will also help to get more contracts from organizations that don’t mandate accreditation, but do give preference to accredited laboratories in competitive situations.
  • Improved national and global reputation and image of the laboratory.
  • Continually improving data quality and laboratory effectiveness.
  • Having a basis for most other quality systems related to laboratories, such as Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices.

Analytical testing laboratories seeking ISO/IEC 17025 will be impacted in multiple areas. The main difference between good analytical practices and formal accreditation is the amount of documentation to be developed. There is no doubt that any good analytical laboratory uses qualified analysts, checks the performance of equipment used for testing, and validates analytical methods. However, many times the outcome of the tests is not fully documented. ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation requires formal documented environment – ‘what is not documented is a rumor,’ and is viewed by assessors as ‘not being done.

The overall impact of accreditation on an analytical laboratory can be best illustrated by looking at the whole sample/data workflow. Figure 1 shows a typical laboratory workflow of samples and test data, together with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.

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5 Step to Certification... Think a big…

Gap Analysis

visits your Organization to review and document your current processes and procedures, highlighting the areas that do not meet the requirements of the Standard, legalization and business needs.

Development of System

we develop the management systems based on the customize requirements and based on the standard’s requirements. We have competent and professional team, they will guide and develop the systems with latest guideline and suggest perfect solutions which added values in your Policies, Objectives, Business needs and Processes.

Implementation

Now it's time to make sure any required process or procedural changes are made, as highlighted in the review by competent and professional team. QECS can provide templates to assist you in doing this.

Monitoring

QECS qualified team monitored the developed and implemented systems based on the requirements define in standards, in professional manner same as per the third-party certification audit, once we are satisfied with the systems will be recommended for the certification audit.

Certification

An Auditor must now visit your Organization to check that the documented processes are being followed and that the necessary changes have been made. Once they are satisfied, you will be awarded your certification.


  • Potential increase in business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction.
  • Savings in terms of time and money due to reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products.
  • Better control of laboratory operations and feedback to laboratories as to whether they have sound Quality Assurance System and are technically competent.
  • Increased confidence in Testing / Calibration data and personnel performing work.
  • Customers can search and identify the laboratories accredited by NABL for their specific requirements from the directory of Accredited Laboratories.
  • Users of accredited laboratories will enjoy greater access for their products, in both domestic and international markets, when tested by accredited laboratories.

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