4.2.3 Reference Supporting Procedures including Technical Procedures

Douglas E. Purdy

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[I have read through most of the threads provided by the search of this forum on 'Quality Manual,' but did not see my current question addressed specifically.]

For those Testing Laboratories who have been accredited to 17025, and who developed their quality management system on the traditional 3 tier documentation pyramid, did you list / reference all your procedures in the Quality Manual?

Do you think it acceptable to ONLY provide an outline of the Laboratory Documentation System (The Pyramid including the types of Level 3 Instructions - e.g. Adminstrative, Testing, & Equipment) and a listing of the Level 2 System Procedures in the Quality Manual?

Thanks!
Doug
 
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Douglas E. Purdy

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What is wrong with the question?

Is it that the majority of the readers to this forum are calibration labs, or do you feel that this is a question for the accreditation body to answer, or is it something else?
 
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CINDY

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Doug,

We have our lab documentation set up in the traditional method (3 tier), but we also state that job specific procedures are maintined in a different manner. We reference procedures in our manual that cover the requirements of 17025.

I should note that our manual includes 17025, 16949, and 14001; we have one registrar for 17025 and another for 16949 and 14001. Both auditors have different styles and we tried to keep thing simple and maintain the 3 tier system as best we could. If it helps any, our testing lab auditor preferred the 3 tier system.

Cindy
 
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