ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard for all laboratories specializing in testing and calibration. It consists on general requirements that verify the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This certification ensures the quality of service of any calibration laboratory. It was started by the International Organization for Standardization in 1999 to help laboratories improve their services and come up with valid results to clients. The calibration services of laboratories include storage tanks, truck sale, clean rooms and several kinds of measurement equipments. The equipments of ISO/IEC 17025 certified calibration laboratories such as ammeters, scales, pipettes, calipers, gauges, hydrometers, weights and multimeters are testes frequently to ensure quality.
The certification is very important for laboratories as well as industries or organizations that produce testing and calibration results such as health, electronics, construction and engineering. There is a good reason why most clients are able to trust the services provided by a calibration laboratory with this certification. One hand, they have highly qualified employees; on the other hand, they posses latest equipments and advanced technical assistance. Since the certified laboratories are enlisted in the Directory of Accredited Laboratories, clients can easily identify the laboratories accredited. Resultantly, the number of clients increases rapidly generating more and more revenues.
There are many benefits of this certification for organizations. Firstly, the certification improves the reputation of the organization; hence, increases confidence of customers in high quality services. Secondly, laboratories do not necessarily need to re-test results as it reduces possibilities of error in testing. Thirdly, it not only saves time but also reduces extra cost.
To qualify for certification, all laboratories must fulfill the evaluation process. The evaluation process involves checking whether the laboratories have the technology to meet calibration requirements and whether they have owns a team of expert individuals who are well versed in all calibration services. ISO Saudi offers a very comprehensive range of services helping client laboratories or organizations in achieving this certification.