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11 Jun 2020

Update on HKAS arrangement for transition to ISO/IEC17025:2017

The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has officially announced to extend the transition due date for ISO/IEC17025:2017 from November 2020 to 1 June 2021.

According to ILAC, this extension has been adopted due to the global impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The extension will ensure all accreditation bodies and the accredited laboratories are able to achieve the remaining transitions in a robust manner.

Accordingly, the due date for all on-site ISO/IEC17025:2017 transition assessments by HKAS is extended to 30 November 2020, i.e. 6 months before the ISO/IEC17025:2017 transition due date as announced by ILAC. All existing laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC17025:2005 shall closely observe this new deadline for completing the assessment to ISO/IEC17025:2017.

The ‘Joint ILAC-ISO Communiqué on the recognition of ISO/IEC17025 during a Three-Year Transition’ has been revised to reflect this extension to the transition period. The latest version of the document is available from https://ilac.org/about-ilac/partnerships/international-partners/iso/