MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – Almost all laboratories accredited in Belarus have adjusted to the updated requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, BelTA learned from the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization.
The transition period to introduce the new version of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” ended on 1 June. This basic standard was adopted in 2017. The transition period should have ended in late November 2020, but was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 2,000 testing and around 50 calibration laboratories accredited in Belarus had to adjust to the new requirements. These laboratories carry out test and calibration in various fields: food, chemical, construction, electronics industries and so on.
“The introduction of the GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 that is identical to the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 international standard will contribute to the improvement of the competency level of Belarusian laboratories, exchange of information and best practices, simplification of procedures for recognition of the results of their research at the regional and international level, and the improvement of the quality and export potential of products,” the State Committee for Standardization said.