ISO 17025 QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training CourseQMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005

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This intensive, challenging and highly interactive and practical course is designed to develop delegates' auditing skills to conduct Quality Management System (QMS) audits against the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements, in order to:

  • Promote the role of audits within the management system programme and the role of auditors in supporting laboratory compliance and competency improvements.
  • Objectively assess compliance of laboratories to meet accreditation body requirements
  • Contribute to the requirements to register as an IRCA Lead Auditor.

IRCA-singleOur course is approved by the UK International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA Reference No: A17195) and meets the training requirements for individuals seeking registration as a Lead Auditor under the IRCA Auditor Registration Scheme.

ISO 17025 Course Objectives

Our course will equip delegates with an in-depth knowledge of the requirements and principles of QMS's and how ISO/IEC 17025 is incorporated into the overall quality system, providing laboratory/quality practitioners and systems auditors with the understanding and skills necessary to professionally audit a laboratory management system.

Key Skills / Learning Objectives

Through the combination of interactive tutorials, practical workshops, photo site tour, case studies and simulated laboratory audits, our course will enable the delegates to:

  • Develop practical audit skills and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 to the specific processes and needs of the company.
  • Assess compliance of an organisation's testing and calibration laboratory practices to meet the company's own internal or external (e.g. Accreditation Body) requirements.
  • Plan, develop and implement an internal audit process appropriate to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Conduct audits to professional criteria with confidence, gathering objective evidence through observation, interviewing, document trails to provide factual audit reports that will facilitate improvements to the management system.
  • Achieve the formal training requirements to allow progression to becoming an IRCA Registered Lead Auditor

ISO 17025 Course Outline (Full Course Agenda PDF)

  • Overview of the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements
  • Principles of auditing, the audit cycle and implementing an audit system
  • Auditing skills and techniques:
    • Planning - use of checklists, resources and timing
    • Selection of audit teams
    • Interviewing and evaluation of information and findings
    • Observation - objective evidence
    • Evaluating the significance of nonconformities
    • Communicating and presenting audit reports
    • Corrective actions and effective follow-up programmes
    • Effective improvement - planning, monitoring and results
  • Accreditation and certification activities
  • Exam
  • Sources of information and further development

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals wishing to perform audits to ISO/IEC 17025
  • Companies seeking ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation
  • Laboratory Managers and Supervisors
  • Companies that recognize the value of operating effective laboratory management systems
  • Existing ISO 9001 / ISO/TS 16949 auditors who are looking to expand their skills in the area of laboratory practices or who wish to audit laboratory environments
  • Supplier quality auditors wishing to evaluate laboratory service suppliers

Booking and ISO/IEC 17025 Course Fees

Delegates successfully completing the course and exam will be awarded an IRCA registered certificate.

Fees include:

  • Registered IRCA certificate verifying attendance and completion of course
  • Student Manual, including substantial reference information
  • Training provided by qualified and experienced tutors with extensive practical management auditing experience across a variety of manufacture and service industries
  • Lunch and refreshments during the day
  • Residential accommodation and evening meal (4 nights)

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