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ISO 17025

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 International Standard:
  • ISO has published in excess of 18,000 industrial and commercial standards worldwide that cover all facets of the work place.

  • Areas covered include agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and distribution, transportation, medical devices, and information and communication technology.

  • ISO is not a governmental entity but rather an international standard setting body whose standards often become law in member countries.

  • Its role is to try to identify and develop those International Standards that are going to be required by businesses, customers, governments, trade officials, developing countries, and consumers:


    • For businesses: suppliers can base the development of their products and services on specifications that have wide acceptance in their sectors.

    • For customers: 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 is the 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.

    • For everyone: 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 Calibration laboratories.

  • Digital Forensics laboratories fall under the "Testing" requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005.


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