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Quality manual for ISO 17025:2017

Discussion in 'ISO 17025 - Calibration and Test Laboratories' started by steve gill, Mar 12, 2018.

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will you have a QM next year?

  1. yes we still believe its good to have

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  2. no, we do not feel it is necessary

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  1. steve gill

    steve gill Member

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    Hello I wanted to ask a question..... will you have a Quality manual once accredited to 17025:2017?
    it does not appear to be a requirement, so why would you need one?
     
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    I think it isa pre-requisite to have a quality manual at the time of applying for accredition
     
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    Saber Elwany New Member

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    It is not mandatory to have, however, we still need such document to introduce the lab activities and to describe the management system and to fulfill the structural requirements as well.
     
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    It is advisable to prepared Quality Manual.
     
  6. Jerry Bambach

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    A quality Manual is not required but the Quality system would have to have a Procedure for every element of the standard that would state the scope, policy and how it was accomplished is. this approach would replace some of the requirements that a manual would fulfill.
    Jerry Bambach
     
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    Ameet Kulkarni New Member

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    Hello People,
    i agree with the view that it is advisable to have a Quality Manual in place as it is the basic document for introduction of the lab. secondly would also suggest that the Procedure manual (prepared in lieu of 2005 standard requirements) be kept intact or upgraded. this will ensure that the process is cascaded to all levels.
    in the recent interactions that i have had with a few auditors, it was evident that all audits will now be objective. irrespective whether you have a documented procedure or not, it has to be verified.

    now i wanted to enquire whether there are any templates available for preparing the Quality manual as per 2017 requirements.
     
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    Gents,

    Mee too looking for a dratft manual..If anybody have,,please help me.
    king
     
  9. Andy Nichols

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    I'd steer clear of templates. Typically, they copy the content of the standard and, as such, are useless. Also, without knowing what should be in a QM, how will you know if the template is any good? So, if you find out what SHOULD be in a manual, it becomes easy to create one!
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    I am sorry for the delay in this response.

    Do you have a copy of the standard? MFRP Alliance indicates no requirement for a Quality Manual exists in ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

    Why have a manual if none is required for accreditation? You can document procedures, scope, policy and anything else your lab and the standard requires. You could have a booklet-sized central source in which these documents are gathered. I have also seen them as tabs in a spreadsheet document.

    I have seen a table of contents essentially used as a Manual. If you use a process map, the procedure references could be listed there. I have also seen procedures referenced as part of actions to address risks, in documentation where risks are listed. There are many practical methods to replace a Manual that frankly was historically used by very few people.

    All of that said, if you must have a Manual, there are templates on the Internet. I agree with Andy that their usefulness is limited, hence my points above.
     
  11. Andy Nichols

    Andy Nichols Moderator Staff Member

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    Because that's not the only criterion on which to base a decision. Much as ISO 9001 doesn't require one, if you understand the "context of the organization" and the "needs and expectations of interested parties", one answer could be "Yes, we need a Lab Quality Manual" to meet some of these requirements. To fall for simply answering "it's not in the standard, so we don't need one" is to abdicate full understanding of why we have documentation.
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    I think I may not have been clear. There is needed documentation for scope, policy etc., but these do not require a manual to maintain. An earlier posted said a manual is required for accreditation. I disagree, based on so many Manuals containing little more than a repeat of the clauses.
     
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    Andy Nichols Moderator Staff Member

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    Right, a manual isn't specified by ISO/IEC 17025 (I'm going off memory here) however, the ABs often have additional requirements, PLUS, when considering the context of the organization, there's likely some form of manual being identified as a customer or even internal need/expectation...
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    I have yet to see an AB ask for a Quality Manual when the standard does not require one. If a customer demands it, that is another matter.
     
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    I believe so. UKAS actually has a tutorial for their assessment staff and has this powerpoint slide:
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