ISO/IEC 17043:2010, Conformity assessment – General requirements for proficiency testing – Accreditation

Conformity assessment : General requirements for proficiency testinghave been developed in order to build confidence in Proficiency Testing Provider both in the testing disciplines as well as in the calibration disciplines. As per the requirements of clause no. 7.7.2 of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 external quality checks need to be performed by laboratories engaged in the testing as well as calibration. There are 2 types of external checks are performed. One is called self initiated inter laboratory comparison and another and most important is participation in the Proficiency Testing Program. This standard is also refereed in the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version for the PT Provider, indicating that the PT Provider must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17043. Proficiency testing is an important tool to define the quality and accuracy of the laboratory, who has taken participation.Hence the role of PT Provider becomes very important. Hence to ensure that the PT Provider is competent, ISO/IEC 17043:2010 is the standard system, which is having complete requirements for the PT Provider to comply. There are ILAC/APLAC MRA partner, who can provide the accreditation to PT Provider as per ISO/IEC 17043:2010.

ISO/IEC 17043 Accreditation is a procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition of technical competence for specific Proficiency testing scheme in the discipline of testing and/or calibration.The ISO/IEC 17043:2010 standard is developed based on the ISO Guide 43. ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Accreditation is managed by International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation Committee (ILAC) as well as Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation Committee (APLAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA). ILAC and APLAC are engaged in development and updating of guidelines connected with accreditation activities. Such international arrangements facilitate acceptance of PT Reportbetween countries to which MRA partners represent. On accreditation of PT Provider by such recognized body, the PT Reportgets global acceptance due to such mutual recognition. Proficiency Testing Provider Accreditation gives formal recognition of competence to conduct proficiency testing scheme. We had leading name globally for ISO 17043 consultancy for quick iso 17043 accreditaiton.

Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Testing (PT) is the evaluation of participant performance against pre-defined criteria by means of inter laboratory comparisons. We had ready to use iso 17043 documentaiton. For the purposes of ISO/IEC 17043:2010, the term "proficiency testing" is taken in its widest sense and includes following schemes:

  • Quantitative scheme: where the objective is to quantify one or more measurand of the PT item;
  • Qualitative scheme: where the objective is to identify or describe one or more characteristics of the PT items;
  • Sequential scheme: where one or more PT items are distributed sequentially for testing or measurement and returned to the PT provider at periodic or pre-defined intervals;
  • Simultaneous scheme: where PT items are distributed for concurrent testing or measurement within a defined time period;
  • Single occasion exercise: where PT items are provided on a single occasion basis;
  • Continuous scheme: where PT items are provided at regular intervals;
  • Sampling: where samples are taken for subsequent analysis;
  • Data transformation and interpretation: where sets of data or other information are provided and the information is processed to provide an interpretation.

Steps for ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Accreditation Consultancy by Global Manager Group –Global Manager Group, an ISO/IEC 17043:2010 consultancy company is having vast experience in the implementation of ISO/IEC 17043:2010 in all types of Proficiency Testing schemes in the testing field as well as in the calibration field. The PT Provider has to select types of PT program based on the schemes mentioned above. As leading ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Consultancy Company in India, develops the system for its customers in the following manners:

  1. Micro–level survey for each and every department of the PT Provider and submission of detailed Gap Analysis report,
  2. Preparation of applicable iso 17043 documents required by ISO/IEC 17043:2010 based on detail study of all activities of the PT Provider and developing the statistical techniques based on ISO 13528, which is important for the evaluation of PT results.
  3. ISO/IEC 17043:2010 training to all levels of employees of PT Provider,
  4. Helps in effective implementation of system by periodic visit till ISO/IEC 17043:2010 accreditation,
  5. Conduct internal audit to check readiness for the ISO/IEC 17043:2010 accreditation.
  6. Conduct management review meeting in presence of Top Management to guide the PT Provider for effective implementation.
  7. Witnessing the whole process of proficiency testing scheme execution,
  8. Pre–assessment and final assessment by Accreditation body for iso 17043 accreditation .

Benefits for PTP iso 17043 Accreditation:

PT providers play an important role in the value chain for assurance of products and services. Being an accredited PTP gives the organisation credibility for their PT services. The followings are major benefits of Accredited PT Provider;

  1. PT results are used for validation as well as for assigning the value to certified materials.
  2. Ensuring Standard is consistent or not
  3. Increasing confidence of Regulators and Consumers
  4. Monitoring of a long–term facility performance
  5. Evaluation of methods, including the establishment of method precision and accuracy
  6. Confidence building with interested parties, e.g. customers, accreditation bodies, regulators.
  7. International recognition to PT Providers.

Also provides technical helps in implementation as well as selection etc.:

  1. Design of proficiency testing schemes,
  2. Choice of method or procedure,
  3. Selection of materials and assessment of homogeneity and stability during the entire execution of PT scheme etc.
  4. Operation of proficiency testing schemes
  5. Data analysis and evaluation of proficiency testing schemes results, such as SDPA etc.
  6. Developing PT Reports

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