The progress with updating ISO 17025 has taken a big step forward with the release of a draft for comment. NATA has made the draft document available for comment. The proposed revisions incorporate the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. This takes a risk management approach to management systems. It also calls for a review and analysis of key internal considerations, external stakeholders’ expectations and its related risk and opportunities to determine overall strategic directions. The revised standard also promotes the adoption of a process approach when developing, implementing and improving the effectiveness of a quality management system to meet customer requirements and improve customer satisfaction. This is quite a change in emphasis from the current version of ISO/IEC 17025.
What should you do to meet this change? First and foremost is to review the draft and send comments back to NATA by 3rd February 2017. Once the standard is formally published, consider your business risks and how you might manage these. Think about your customers and other stakeholders’ expectations to analyse the strategic direction of your lab. And if you feel that it’s all too much for you to handle alone, contact us at MAS Management Systems for some advice on how to meet the new challenge. We’re experienced not just in lab accreditation, but also business planning and strategy development.