India is not only a very large country in terms of area and population but also the fifth largest economy of the world. The economy of India is growing rapidly and to keep pace the measurement system in the country needs to be accurate and precise in every aspect. This accuracy and precision depends on existence of quality infrastructure in the country. The infrastructure platform is National Metrological Institute (NMI), which maintains national standards traceable to SI units. There are thousands of laboratories in the country in the field of testing, calibration and medical testing that play a vital role in providing and ensuring quality and accurate outcomes for products and services. Without testing and calibration,correct product and services complying to specification cannot be delivered. Repeated accurate results of testing and calibration laboratories can only be assured through an accreditation process.
The results of medical testing are extremely crucial from the disease diagnosis and treatment perspective. It also has legal implications. Here again accreditation driven by a process plays an important role in the ensuring accurate and correct testing results.
A competitive accreditation system recognised by concerned global bodies is the need of the hour to improve and develop accreditation services for laboratories, regulators and other stakeholders. International Quality and Accreditation Services (IQAS) is committed to providing competitive services as per ISO/IEC 17011:2017 to laboratories, regulators and interested organisations in India as also globally. For detailed information please refer our ‘General Information Brochure IQAS-001’
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is the globally acceptable standard used for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories. It specifies the general requirements for the competency of testing and calibration laboratories. This standard is used by the accreditation bodies and it facilitates the cooperation between the laboratories accredited by the different accreditation bodies.
‘ ISO 15189:2012 is the international standard specifying quality management systems for medical laboratories to ensure quality and competence of services rendered. It is based on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015 but in the medical field. It thus specifies the requirements of competence and quality with respect to a specific types of testing performed by medical testing laboratories.