ISO 17025:2017 Clause 7.7 Ensuring the Validity of Calibration Results

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Hi and Greetings,

Can anybody explain to me on the new requirement of Clause 7.7. Previous ISO 17025:2005 has 5 requirement on monitoring validity of calibration, while current version requires 12. I don't really understand on Clause 7.7.1:

b) use of alternative instrumentation that has been calibrated to provide traceable results
g) re-calibration of retained items
h) correlation of results for different characteristics of an item

I would really appreciate some feedback and answer since I'm really stuck with this part. Thanks
 
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Hi and Greetings,

Can anybody explain to me on the new requirement of Clause 7.7. Previous ISO 17025:2005 has 5 requirement on monitoring validity of calibration, while current version requires 12. I don't really understand on Clause 7.7.1:

b) use of alternative instrumentation that has been calibrated to provide traceable results
g) re-calibration of retained items
h) correlation of results for different characteristics of an item

I would really appreciate some feedback and answer since I'm really stuck with this part. Thanks
One of the requirements for 17025 has always been that you have a process to confirm that you are making good measurements. Section 7.7.1 says you will have a procedure on how you do this, you will record this data in a way that detects trends (they like to see graphs here), and your results are reviewed using statistical techniques. Simple enough, you must find ways that prove you are producing valid, repeatable results.

The next line is fuzzy: "shall include, where appropriate, but not be limited to:" and follows with the list of methods. "Shall include" would indicate that you must use one of these methods, but then "where appropriate" gives you a way out if none of these methods works in your particular case. They would like to see you use one or more of these methods in your process, instead of the 10 Commandments think of these as the 12 Recommendations.

As for the three methods you are having trouble with:
b) would be for you to perform the same calibration using different instruments and comparing the results
g) would be for you to perform the calibration again, maybe with another technician, and comparing the results
h) I don't see how this method would be useful in your situation, as your devices are really checked for a single characteristic.
 
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