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Reference to original Calibration Certificate - ISO 17025 Section 5.10.9

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Susan1

#1
We manufacture metrology products and we issue calibration certificates for these new products. These certificates contain all that is required:). Our USA subsidiary has registered under ISO 17025 for recalibrating some of our products.

Now the question is :confused:when our customers send their units back for recalibration (sometimes 3 years later), our subsidiary carries out the recalibration and issues a new certificate. This certificate does not contain a reference to the original certificate.

Could someone please tell me whether Section 5.10.9 is relevant to these recalibrations, specifically the following sentence: -

'When it is necessary to issue a complete new test report or calibration certificate, this shall be uniquely identified and shall contain a reference to the original that it replaces.'

Thank you all kindly, :thanx:
Sue
 
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BradM

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Sue, if I understand your statement, I don't think you need any reference.

5.10.9 addresses if you issue a certificate for replacement.

the original that it replaces
Say you calibrate an item and mess up on something on the certificate. I bring it to your attention, and you make an amended certificate. The amended certificate should state it's amended, and make reference to the original certificate it's replacing.

If you are providing a fresh calibration each time, with new data and such, there's no need to refer to previous calibrations.:)

That's my take on the section.:) Others may have a different interpretation.
 

Hershal

Metrologist-Auditor
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#4
Bradm is correct, if the recalibration is a new event, then it requires a new certificate and hence no reference to a previous certificate is required.

If there was an error on the original cert, or if there was non-conforming work discovered, then the reference would have to be made as a revised certificate would be required.

Hope this helps.
 
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George Weiss

#5
Every calibration CERT is ment to be unique, and protected, and not to be altered.
The reference to an original would only apply if a CERT was corrected. The original must be maintained, and a revised copy issued, and a connection between the original, and revised must be maintained. Just like another person has mentioned. No reference to a last years CERT is required.
 
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