ISO 17025 accreditation is a quality management system and a standard used to judge the technical competency of laboratories and testing facilities. It is considered the most important standard for laboratories and other facilities that perform calibration and testing services.
ISO 17025 accreditation uses a third-party review process to certify that a laboratory or testing facility is in compliance with international standards for quality promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. A laboratory earns this accreditation by demonstrating that it is technically competent and has the ability to produce precise and accurate testing and calibration data.
The accreditation bodies themselves are subject to standards developed by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. This ensures the accreditation of a laboratory is universally acceptable in other countries and regions by conforming to worldwide minimum levels of accreditation.