A Guide to ISO 17025 Accreditation

29 June 2017

The purpose of this document is to provide information and guidance that will assist with the initial accreditation process, and also highlight requirements for the maintenance of accreditation and future extensions to scope. This guide aims to describe each stage of the accreditation process from initial preparation, including the production of quality documentation, the application process and assessment visits, through to understanding key requirements of the standard, achieving the grant of accreditation and maintaining that status for the full term of the certificate of accreditation.

Section 1: Document Overview
General
Purpose
Definitions
Authorisation

Section 2: Summary of Accreditation Process
Summary of Accreditation Process Diagram

Section 3: ISO 17025 Accreditation
Preparation Stage
Introduction
Define the Scope of Accreditation
Define Legal Entity
Appoint the Quality Manager
Appoint Other Key Roles
Preparation

Application Stage
Ready for Application?
How to Apply
Application Submitted

Pre-Assessment
The Pre-Assessment Visit
Structure of the Pre-Assessment
Constructive Discussions
Recommendations

Initial Assessment
The Initial Assessment Visit
Structure of the Initial Assessment
Issues or Disagreements

Grant of Accreditation
Clearance of Findings
What does Accreditation Look Like?

Maintenance
Maintenance of Accreditation

Extension to Scope
Extending the Scope of Accreditation

Section 4: Additional Information

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