Introduction to ISO 17034
ISO 17034 is an international standard that sets out the requirements for reference material producers and helps ensure the reliability and accuracy of measurement results and reference materials produced. Reference materials play a critical role in quality control and assurance across a wide range of industries, including petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, environmental testing, and more. By adhering to ISO 17034, reference material producers can demonstrate their competence and expertise in producing reliable and traceable materials. In this blog, we will explore the key aspects of ISO 17034 and how it can benefit both reference material producers and end-users.
Understanding the Importance of International Standards
International standards play a crucial role in today's globalised world. They provide a common set of guidelines and requirements that facilitate trade, ensure product quality and safety, and promote harmonisation among different industries and countries. ISO 17034, specifically, is essential for reference material producers to comply with because it establishes a benchmark to produce reliable and accurate reference materials.
Adhering to ISO 17034 allows reference material producers to demonstrate their competency and expertise in the field. It gives them credibility and instils confidence in their products among end-users. By following this international standard, reference material producers can ensure that their materials are traceable, fit for purpose, and meet the needs of various industries.
Furthermore, complying with ISO 17034 enables reference material producers to meet regulatory requirements efficiently. Many regulatory bodies worldwide require reference materials to comply with international standards, which simplifies the process of obtaining necessary certifications and approvals.
What is ISO 17034 and why is it important for Reference Material Producers
ISO 17034 is an international standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that specifically focuses on the competence of reference material producers. It establishes the criteria and principles that reference material producers must adhere to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their products.
For reference material producers, ISO 17034 is of paramount importance as it provides a comprehensive framework for quality management systems. It outlines the requirements for the selection, production, and certification of reference materials, including the establishment of a robust quality infrastructure, regular performance monitoring, and adherence to strict traceability guidelines.
By implementing ISO 17034, reference material producers can demonstrate their commitment to quality, accuracy, and consistency. This not only instils confidence in their products among end-users but also enables them to meet regulatory requirements efficiently. Compliance with ISO 17034 ensures that reference materials are produced with the highest level of precision, contributing to the overall reliability and credibility of industries that rely on such materials.
Key Elements and Requirements of ISO 17034
ISO 17034 sets forth several key elements and requirements that reference material producers must comply with to achieve certification. These requirements are designed to ensure the competence, accuracy, and reliability of reference materials, ultimately contributing to the overall quality of products and services across various industries.
One of the fundamental requirements of ISO 17034 is the establishment of a quality management system (QMS). This QMS should encompass all aspects of reference material production, from selection and characterisation to packaging and distribution. It serves as a framework for managing processes, resources, and documentation, with the goal of consistently meeting customer requirements and regulatory obligations.
Additionally, ISO 17034 emphasises the importance of traceability and measurement uncertainty in reference material production. Producers must establish and maintain traceability to national or international measurement standards, ensuring that the values assigned to reference materials can be directly related to those standards. The measurement uncertainty must also be estimated and reported, providing an indication of the reliability of the values assigned.
Furthermore, ISO 17034 requires reference material producers to implement rigorous quality control measures. By continuously monitoring the performance of their reference materials, producers can identify and correct any potential issues, thus maintaining the accuracy and reliability of their products.
The Benefits of ISO 17034 Certification
Achieving ISO 17034 certification and complying with the requirements outlined in the standard, organisations can enhance their overall competence, accuracy, and reliability, leading to improved customer satisfaction and business performance.
First and foremost, ISO 17034 certification demonstrates a commitment to quality and competence in reference material production. It serves as a mark of trust and credibility, making it easier for organisations to establish and maintain relationships with customers, regulators, and accreditation bodies.
ISO 17034 certification also fosters continuous improvement within an organisation. Through the implementation of quality control measures such as performance monitoring, producers can identify areas for improvement and take proactive steps to enhance the accuracy and reliability of their reference materials. This focus on continuous improvement can drive innovation, increase customer satisfaction, and boost organizational performance.
Overall, ISO 17034 certification offers a range of benefits for reference material producers and end-users. It enhances credibility, it instils trust and confidence in the reference materials produced.
ARO Scientific Ltd holds dual accreditation status under The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to international standards ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034, CAB No. 27393.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the UK Government for certification and conformity to internationally agreed standards for testing, calibration and inspection. UKAS is a signatory to International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) which is the international body for promoting cooperation between the various inspection body accreditation schemes that operate throughout the world. Other signatories include, but are not limited to, A2LA (USA), COFRAC (France), Dakks (Germany) and JAB (Japan). ISO 17025 / ISO 17034 accreditation denotes competence for customers to make an informed and confident choice in the procurement process.
The UKAS mark ensures buyers have peace of mind. ILAC also bridges international barriers, making trade easier, especially in new growth markets. Our Combined UKAS and ILAC-MRA Mark demonstrates that the accreditation we hold is recognised under the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement, our certificates are accepted around the world.
ARO Scientific Ltd recognises that our customers should be always provided with products and services they can reply upon, trust and have confidence to use on a daily basis. Our commitment to quality and our accreditations demonstrates that we have rigorous quality systems in place that allow us to provide customers with the highest quality products possible, which are accepted globally.
Our ISO 17034 schedule of accreditation can be viewed and downloaded on the UKAS website. ISO 17034 schedule of accreditation