The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) granted its first accreditations in 2000 to testing laboratories according to the then valid reference document for accreditation of laboratories, SRPS ISO/IEC Guide 25. Later in 2001 ATS started accrediting laboratories against SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and has so far accredited over 400 laboratories.
For 11 years reference document for accreditation of laboratories has been SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, whose last revision in the Institute for Standardization of Serbia was published in 2006. Vast experience has been attained in application and assessment of observance of requirements of the said standard both in accredited laboratories and in ATS.
Due to the changes in the environment where laboratories do business, International Organization for Standardization started activities on revision of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in 2015 and currently voting on definitive text of the draft of the said international standard is in progress at it is carried out simultaneously in ISO and CEN. The voting will be carried out from 14th August 2017 to 9th October 2017. Publishing the standard globally is planned for November/December 2017. There are significant changes of the structure and content of the standard in comparison to the currently valid version of the standard.
Committee for standards and related documents KS CASCO, Conformity assessment and quality management of ISS, participants of which are ATS representatives, has already started translating the standard FDIS ISO/IEC 17025, in order to provide the beneficiaries with the translation of the standard the immediately upon publishing on the international level.
More detailed information on the condition of revision of the standard ISO/IEC 17025 can be found on the webpage of ISS http://www.iss.rs/rs/news/news_279.html.
ATS invites all accredited laboratories to monitor the state of revision of ISO / IEC 17025 standard and, in accordance with their needs, begin preparations for the harmonization of their work with the requirements of the new edition of the standard.
ATS will, immediately after adoption of appropriate resolution for transition to accreditation of laboratories according to new edition of ISO/IEC 17025 by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), publish new information to all accredited laboratories on transition period and mode of transition to accreditation by ATS according to the future version of ISO/IEC 17025.