AOSC organized training for transition of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

With the purpose of assisting laboratories in approaching and transiting to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, from May 18th to May 23rd 2018, Accreditation Office for Standards Conformity Assessment Capacity (AOSC) organized 2 training courses (2 days per course) in Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi with the relevant content to the new standard.
     In the opening of the training course, lecture Nguyen Truong Danh stated that the purpose of the training course is providing participants with information about ISO/IEC 17025:2017, helping participants understand and apply the standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to laboratories, instructing the participants to organize/plan/carry out the transition to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.
    At the training courses, participants are representatives from laboratories which have signed contracts with AOSC as well as representatives of organizations and individuals who are interested in Laboratory Management System. Lecture Nguyen Truong Danh introduced the history of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, some new points of the standard, interpretation of the terms of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, guide to the transition and clarify the concept of "accreditation" and "recognition".
   Accordingly, the process approach has been adapted to the recent standards such as ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems - Requirements, and some other standards relevant to the laboratory. It then emphasizes the outcome of a process rather than describing the tasks and steps in details.
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    There is one part in ISO/IEC 17025:2017 mentioning "risk-based thinking" and describing the similarities between the old and the new version of ISO 9001:2015. The highlight of the 2017 edition is risk management instead of "managed risk" which stated in the 2005 edition.
   Along with the interpretation of the terms, participants were divided into groups to discuss and do some activities to determine ways to monitor the risks that the laboratory can set up as part of the laboratory data or what evidence should be found to verify, for example, whether the laboratory is re-evaluating its external providers.
  Generating reliable results and ensuring its validity are the focus of laboratory activities. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 assists laboratories in implementing a quality management system and demonstrates that the laboratory has the technical competence to produce valid and reliable results. Therefore, the new edition has been modified to include all laboratory activities including testing, calibration and sampling, associated with subsequent testing or calibration.
     In addition to ensuring the requirements for competence, impartiality and security, stability, applicability, the compliance of related parties, assuring environmental conditions and facilities, modern laboratories have been working with information technology. As a result, the new edition focuses more on information technology and incorporates the use of computer systems, electronic records, reports and electronic results.
   This means that laboratories must continuously improve their ability to enhance control of data and information management, prevent unauthorized access, protect against tampering and loss, and maintain the integrity of information and data.With the introduction of accreditation body and international recognition, lecturer Nguyen Truong Danh explained and clarified the concepts of "recognition" and "accreditation", emphasizing that "confusion between these concepts often arises because people often use inaccurate terms of recognition and accreditation. "
     At the end of the training course, participants took the test on the relevant content. Qualified results will be awarded with AOSC training certificate.

   On November 30th 1977, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) officially issued ISO/IEC 17025:2017. As such, accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is only granted from November 30th 2017.The testing and calibration laboratories applying ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will have a transition period of three years, which means that the transition to the new standard must be completed by November 30th 2020.According to AOSC’s announcement, clients who register for first time accreditation and apply before September 30th 2018 can choose to be assessed under the old version or the new version. However, if the client chooses to be assessed under ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the transition shall be assessed in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 during their first surveillance assessment.
     If the transition is not assessed in the surveillance assessment, the accreditation will be valid no later than November 29th 2020. All customers submitting applications for accreditation for the first time after this time will be assessed in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025: 2017.The assessment of transition to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 must be completed by May 31st, 2020 and all accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 is no longer valid as of December 1st 2020.

Source: AOSC

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