Comments Regarding 9001
Westpak has made the decision not to renew our ISO 9001-2008 certifications upon their expiration in September 2018.
Please note this decision will have zero impact on the level of quality or service we provide. The reason: Westpak's laboratories currently hold and will continue to maintain accreditations to ISO 17025.
Essentially, ISO 17025 is the perfect accreditation for a testing laboratory and a level higher than ISO 9001 in many respects. (For example, ISO 17025 requires external auditing of the tests shown on the Scope of Accreditation.) All of ISO 9001’s elements are encompassed by ISO 17025, therefore maintaining both is redundant.
ISO 17025-2005, Clause 1.6 states the following:
"If testing and calibration laboratories comply with the requirements of this International Standard, they will operate a quality management system for their testing and calibration activities that also meets the principles of ISO 9001. .... This International Standard covers technical competence requirements that are not covered by ISO 9001."
Additionally, a communication1 issued jointly by ISO / ILAC / IAF dated April 2017 states the following:
"A laboratory's fulfillment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations. The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17025 are written in language relevant to laboratory operations and operate generally in accordance with the principles of ISO 9001."
Westpak has begun the transition to ISO 17025-2017; ISO 9001-2015 will be used as a reference during the process.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.