The advantages of being an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory

Any laboratory that needs to succeed in a competitive market needs to have ISO 17025 accreditation. Contractors are positively encouraged to seek laboratories that have fully demonstrated their competency by achieving accreditation and there are numerous benefits for those who have shown the commitment necessary to begin the journey. And, in selecting a consultancy company that is experienced and highly competent such as Synergos Consultancy, you will be guided through the process in a competent and professional manner. So let us look at the benefits of ISO 17025:

Accreditation as a business and marketing tool

ISO 17025 is recognised both nationally and internationally and this is of the utmost importance when laboratories decide to commit to tenders, as procurement officials will look for this accreditation when they are looking for companies that can deliver their contracts. The formal recognition that is afforded with the accreditation is undoubtedly highly marketable and this cannot be underestimated.

Accreditation as a benchmarking tool

ISO 17025 is designed to test technical competence and in order to do this the laboratory is taken through a series of procedures and criteria.  In turn, this can be used for laboratories to look at their own quality control. Technical tools and skills will be evaluated thoroughly so that any areas for improvement are recognised. This is not as arduous as it may sound as the “help with knowledge transfer and product development since accredited evaluation bodies can be a good source of impartial advice” (www.ukas.com). Many laboratories can work in isolation and so the opportunity to find out information on how others in comparative roles are developing their businesses can prove invaluable. The process of accreditation can provide opportunities to ensure staff are up to the mark and give guidelines on improvement in a way that is non-threatening and encouraging.

Accreditation as a business improvement tool

The internationally approved symbol that demonstrates accreditation can help laboratories win contracts as it can save costs for clients abroad. Without the international symbol clients will find themselves having to pay for more tests abroad in order to demonstrate that testing meets the criteria of that country. It is an obvious cost saver if they do not have to go through this process. “Organisations can save time and money by selecting an accredited and therefore competent supplier. Accredited testing, inspection and certification carried out in compliance with best practices can limit product failure and down time, and control manufacturing costs.” (UKAS).

Accreditation as a protective tool

No company wishes to find itself with any form of legal action, but it pays to have safeguards in place. In the event of legal action accreditation ensures due diligence.

There can be little doubt that ISO 17025 accreditation can not only be a tool for improving the work of laboratories, but it is also an absolute necessity for business growth. Whilst making the decision is important, choosing the right consultancy firm that can provide the clear guidance through the process is of equal importance. Here at Synergos we’d be only too happy to talk over your needs and our experience, allowing you to make a considered decision on how to proceed with ISO 17025 in order to reap the benefits best. For more information, or an informal chat, why not call us on 01484 817 444 or email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk ? It could be the best decision your lab makes today!

Published 18/07/2016

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