Quick question on the sequence of ISO 17025 external audits

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Hi All,
I've recently taken a new position with a small company as a Quality Specialist. I am the only quality personnel - no QM.
This company is certified to 3 standards, one of which is ISO17025. I started here last year the first of September and two days after I began came the 1 day surveillance audit for ISO 17025 (2021) - we passed just fine. They had a full assessment audit in 2020. Now we are looking at another audit coming in the end of August which I was just informed will be a full reassessment audit.

I thought that typically, you get certified for a 3-year period and then for the next two years, you have 2 surveillance audits before the next recertification. Not sure but I think that's the way it is/was with the AS9100D external audits at my previous company. Is this the sequence for ISO 17025 external audits ->recertification then 1 surveillance audits, then back to another recertification? :eek:
 
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Your best source of information is the AB. 17025 accreditation follows a two-year cycle after the initial accreditation audit. In other words, your accreditation remains valid for two years, with surveillance audits in the off-years.
 

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Please follow Jim's advice then. Certificate cycles tend to be consistent for registrars within ANAB, but direct contact is your best idea. You should form a relationship with them (your registrar(s) in any case.
Yes, I've only been at this job for 6 months and they had a high turnover before me in the last year so need to establish new relationships with all the registrars for the three standards that they are certified to. I'm the only employee in the quality department and a quality specialist - not a QM.
 
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