ISO/IEC 17025 is the standard that governs testing and calibration laboratories around the world. It outlines the general requirements that establish the competence of laboratories that conduct testing and calibration activities, including sampling.
ISO/IEC 17025 applies to all laboratories engaging in any aspect of testing or calibration, regardless of staff size or the extent of testing and calibration activities. A laboratory's management uses the standard to guide the implementation of systems and controls. A laboratory's customers, regulating bodies and accrediting authorities use the standard to evaluate the competence of its activities. The standard was not developed to act as a basis for the certification of laboratories.