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ISO 17025 is an international standard that specifies requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. It is applicable to any organization that performs testing, calibration, or sampling and that wants to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of its results.

While the standard is applicable to any laboratory, regardless of its size, type, or sector, there are some sectors that have traditionally been more proactive in adopting ISO 17025. These sectors include:

  1. Medical testing laboratories: Medical laboratories that perform testing on patient specimens, such as clinical chemistry, microbiology, and pathology labs, have been early adopters of ISO 17025 to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of their testing results.

  2. Environmental testing laboratories: Environmental testing laboratories, including those that test air, water, soil, and hazardous waste samples, have also been early adopters of ISO 17025 to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of their testing results.

  3. Food and beverage testing laboratories: Laboratories that test food and beverage products for safety, quality, and compliance with regulatory requirements have adopted ISO 17025 to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of their testing results.

  4. Materials testing laboratories: Laboratories that test materials, including metals, plastics, and construction materials, for mechanical, chemical, and physical properties have adopted ISO 17025 to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of their testing results.

  5. Pharmaceutical testing laboratories: Laboratories that test pharmaceutical products for purity, potency, and safety have adopted ISO 17025 to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of their testing results.

Overall, ISO 17025 can be applied to any laboratory that performs testing, calibration, or sampling and that wants to demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of its results, regardless of the sector or industry it serves.