Benefits of ISO/IEC 17025:2017
There are many benefits of implementing ISO 17025:2017. Although, there may be initial costs of becoming accredited to the standard, it is important to understand that having ISO 17025 in place will provide you with long-term benefits making it well worth the effort.
When you become accredited to ISO 17025, your laboratory will be able to win a great reputation and shows that it has high standards, putting it above competitors. Furthermore, when you have a good reputation amongst auditors and regulatory departments, this will help boost the lab’s reputation not only locally, but nationally and internationally.
ISO 17025:2017 has strict guidelines and requires labs to carefully monitor results. Getting accurate and precise results helps minimize the lab’s operational costs. When retesting is reduced, money will be saved. Overall, the standard creates parameters to bring control over lab operations and therefore drives the operational costs down.
ISO 17025:2017 requires labs to have take a systematic approach to their activities. As a result, this helps keep lab protocols in place.
Improved Lab Testing Environment
Validity and appropriateness of test methods under prescribed lab environment results in more accurate outcomes. This ensures quality to customers, and also for your lab. When lab testing is improved it will save you time and number of tests and in return save you money. The standard also has strict guidelines for instruments and equipment, which in return results in reduced repairs and defect levels
Enhanced Customers’ Satisfaction Level
Labs will gain confidence of their clients and future clients easily because the ISO is a universally accepted standard. ISO 17025 requirements ensures that your lab is operating efficiently, consistently and is dedicated to providing the best results, and therefore providing customer satisfaction.
ISO 17025:2017 requires proper documentation of all processes, changes made, errors or discrepancies and helps mitigate problems, all in all providing stability and better results for the lab. When the proper documentation is followed, the staff becomes more accountable.
Employee Morale and Training
The standard requires training for staff members. The staff have defined roles, responsibilities and improves knowledge and can also diversify skill-sets. This often boosts employee morale and provides them with the training necessary to be competent.