ISO/IEC 17025:2005 International Standard:
ISO has published in excess of
industrial and commercial standards worldwide that cover all facets of the work
Areas covered include agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and
distribution, transportation, medical devices, and information and communication
ISO is not a governmental entity but rather
an international standard setting body whose standards often become law in
Its role is to try to identify and develop
that are going to be required by businesses, customers, governments, trade
officials, developing countries, and consumers:
suppliers can base the development of their products and services on
specifications that have wide acceptance in their sectors.
when products and services are based on International Standards, it provides an
increasingly wide selection of choices.
For governments: provide the technological and scientific
foundation for health,
safety, and environmental legislation.
For trade officials:
creates "a level playing field" for all competitors in those markets and
technical means by which political trade agreements can be put into practice.
For developing countries:
represents an important source of technological know-how, providing a basis for
making the right decisions when investing resources.
For consumers: conformity of products and services provides
assurances about their quality, safety, and reliability.
contributes to the quality of life in general by
ensuring that the transport, machinery, and tools we use are safe.
International Standards developed by ISO are
not automatically binding on either a governmental body or an industrial entity.
Has to be certain allowances and flexibility
when certain standards may interfere or conflict with cultural and social
requirements in certain countries.
Not all standards developed and adopted by ISO
were attained by unanimous vote.
Many of the experts involved in standard development do
not always agree to every proposal.
Individual nations and their standardization body
determine if a standard is going to be adopted.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 contains all of
the general requirements for determining the competence of Testing and
Digital Forensics laboratories fall under the
"Testing" requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005.