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Calibration Service Provider Evaluation & Approval

#1
Does anyone have an example of a formal process and its documented procedure for evaluating and qualifying / re-qualifying cablibration service providers? What about a questionnaire for conducting any assessment on the calibration service provider? Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Ted Schmitt

#3
Hello there!

Here are a couple of posts that have some evaluation forms in it:

Purchasing Procedure - Supplier selection, evaluation and re-evaluation

7.4.1. Supplier selection, evaluation and re-evaluation - McMaster, Grainger, etc

Minimally, I would think the supplier should have ISO 17025 or equivalent. Additional requirements might involve viewing a successful history, etc.
I agree with Brad, our calibration service provider is ISO 17025 certified and it makes external audits much easier... the auditors don´t spend that much time reviewing the certs for the measuring instruments when they know that they where done by a certified lab.

In regards to re-evaluation, we use a continual evaluation system, since we have instruments that are being calibrated practically every 3 months (depending on their calibration period)...
 

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#4
Actually, the best thing is to make sure your QMS documents that a calibration provider needs to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an ILAC-signatory body (there are 4 in the US), then run off a current copy of their cert and scope, and you should be done.

Hope this helps.

Hershal
 
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