Femto Scientific has the highest level of accreditation, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, for the calibration of laboratory equipment.
Femto is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited in many different metrology fields including:
What does ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Accredited Mean?
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is an internationally recognized accreditation which specifies:
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of a set of representatives who seek to ensure that the measurements made by organizations, both public and private, are traceable to the International System of Units (the SI units). ISO has established these standards to ensure traceability and offers accreditation to companies whose experimental procedures and measurement accuracies are compliant within these standards. Moreover, ISO 17025:2017, to which we belong, is the highest level of accreditation which guarantees the highest measurement accuracies within the most rigorous protocols. This is vital to all research laboratories, providing scientists with the comfort of knowing they have not obtained erroneous data. ISO ensures continual compliance with these standards by performing the following: validation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS), and conduction of annual audits.
Validation of Standard Operating Procedures:
At the time of accreditation, ISO’s highly experienced metrologists visited our metrology lab to inspect our implemented SOPs, and to watch us perform these calibrations in real-time. Using standard statistical methods, ISO metrologists assiduously explored and quantitatively determined all sources of uncertainty with painstaking attention to detail to provide the utmost correctness—which is how we like it! Our mission is to provide customers with calibration services of the highest precision and accuracy in the effort to maintain and improve the integrity of scientific research.
Quality Management System (QMS):
After successful completion of the method validation, the next step was to make sure that our implemented Quality Management System was such to promote customer service and customer satisfaction. Elements of a quality management system can be outlined in the following manner:
- Quality policy
- Quality objectives
- Quality manual
- Organizational structure and responsibilities
- Data Management
- Processes – including purchasing
- Product quality leading to Customer satisfaction
- Continuous improvement including corrective and preventive action
- Quality instruments
The quality management system encompasses all aspects of our services, from how we train our personnel, to how we manage data and how we treat our customers, such that it is consistent with both Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Measurement Practices (GMP). Our goal is to provide service that exceeds our customers’ expectations and to achieve complete customer satisfaction while striving for continuous improvement of the quality management system through the International Organization for Standardization.
To ensure continuing compliance with ISO standards, once accredited, ISO conducts audits annually to reevaluate both the aforementioned methods and Quality Management System.
To answer the question more succinctly, ISO 17025:2017 is important because it provides you with the peace of mind of knowing that you will be receiving reliable, quality service.
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