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New Requirements for Competence of Testing and Calibration Labs Come into Force in Russia and CIS

Eurasian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification adopted GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” that was harmonized with ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

According to the RusAccreditaion Order No. 385 from 15.07.2019 this interstate standard is put into effect as a national standard in Russia on September 1, 2019.

In order to allow members of national accreditation system to get adaptation to the new requirements, transition plan has been worked out. According to this plan, training seminars for accreditation experts, RusAccreditation officials, as well as advanced training courses for accreditation experts, technical experts, heads and experts of testing and calibration laboratories on the implementation of the requirements of GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 on the NAS unified educational platform will be held.

Legal entities and individual entrepreneurs that have valid accreditation in the national accreditation system as testing laboratories (centers) and calibration laboratories are invited to approve transition on activities according to GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019, to bring the quality manual in conformity with the requirements of this document and meet the requirements of the management system established in the quality manual.

New requirements to risk management system will also be introduced in the Quality Management System of the laboratory that will allow to prevent repeat failure to comply with specific requirements.

Thus, once the relevant changes to the accreditation criteria and a list of documents in the field of standardization come into force, state services for accreditation, expanding the scope of accreditation, confirming the competence of accredited persons, the assessment of applicants, accredited persons' compliance with accreditation criteria will be carried out taking into account the requirements of the international standard GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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