Clause 8: Option

Clause 8 Option- ISO 17025 states that the laboratory must establish, document, implement and maintain a management system that is capable of supporting and demonstrating commitment to the requirements. In addition to the requirements of Clauses 4-7, laboratories must implement a management system in accordance with Option A or B. 

Option A

Option A has many clauses that need to be followed. Overall, at the bare minimum, the management system needs to address the following:

  • Management System Documentation
  • Control of Management System Documents
  • Control of Records
  • Actions to address risks and opportunities
  • Improvement
  • Corrective Actions
  • Internal Audits
  • Management Reviews

Option B

Option B states that your laboratory is in compliance if

  • The laboratory has established and maintained a management system in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015
  • You are capable of supporting and demonstrating the consistent fulfillment of the requirements from clause 4-7 of ISO 17025:2017
  • You have fulfilled management system documentation and management review requirements (clauses 8.2 and 8.9 of ISO17025:2017).

In short, if your laboratory is certified to ISO 9001:2015, you may choose Option B. This allows for more flexibility as you implement 17025:2017.

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