ISO/IEC 17025:2017 specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. This standard is applicable to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is for use by laboratories in developing their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies may also use it in confirming or recognizing the competence of laboratories. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is not intended to be used as the basis for certification of laboratories.