MOTIVA helps laboratories more easily implement ISO/IEC 17025 quality systems.
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Announcements (See previous announcements here)
MOTIVA Publishes Free Four-Part Webinar on the requirements within ISO/IEC 17025
MOTIVA has now published a set of free webinars for laboratories on the contents of ISO/IEC 17025. This four-part series discusses all the requirements within the standard in easy-to-understand language and with some helpful hints on how to meet them. This set of webinars will continue to grow with other topics important to the maintenance of a conformant quality sytem. These are free for download from this page.
MOTIVA Publishes Free Sample Quality Manual, Procedures and Forms for use by Labs
MOTIVA has now published a set of tools for laboratories considering application for accreditation to any of the ILAC-recognised accreditation bodies. The Sample Quality Manual and accompanying procedures and forms are based on the experience of senior MOTIVA staff and meet or exceed the requirements contained in ISO/IEC 17025. These are free for download from this page.
Articles (See list of articles here)Has ISO/IEC 17025 Improved the Quality of Lab Data?
We did not write 17025 as an accreditation standard. We wrote it as a laboratory QA/QC standard against which labs could establish their own competence. Accreditation against ISO/IEC 17025 is a large, but secondary outcome of that effort.
Although implementation of 17025 may not have the same impact on the advancement of science that pure R&D does, it has, over the last 14 years, established a consistency of measurement that has allowed laboratories to improve the consistency and validity of their measurements and this has assisted in the advancement of measurement techniques - therefore advancement of science.
Hard to prove? Maybe. Maybe not. Implementation of 17025 in environmental laboratories in Canada has been tracked with examination of its effect on their ability to produce technically valid results (as described in the Introduction to 17025) since 1997. Have a look at
- http://www.cala.ca/perfacred-1997.pdf or
- http://www.cala.ca/perfacred-2001.pdf or
This little video, created by longtime assessor, Mr. Greg Gogates, provides a good example of some of the absolute worst reasons to become an assessor. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcYCDswjIEM&feature=youtu.be. Good assessors will base their words and their actions only on fact verifiable by evidence. Good assesors do not have opinions. And good assessors (while they may have opinions because they can be passionate about their science) should not have such high opinions of themselves, and their own opinions.
On the other hand, enjoy another short video being used by an ILAC-signatory accreditation body to recruit assessors. It shows the best reasons why we should want to become an assessor. See the video here.
Recently, MOTIVA staff participated in a discussion on LinkedIn about how to select an accreditation body to meet the needs of the laboratory staff member asking the question. See the discussion by clicking on this link.
Besides the obvious criterion (does this AB accredit for my scope?) there may be some other issues to consider. Accreditation is only formal recognition of the laboratory's demonstrated competence and if we were to order the things that were important to the lab in terms of demonstrating technical competence, that might focus the questions to the prospective ABs during discussions with them. Remember that the AB works for lab (EU Directive in Europe notwithstanding). They are a service provider to the lab.