The relevant International Standard for testing laboratories is ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
See more: Conformity assessment bodies – Testing and calibration laboratories.
Testing laboratories covered by this standard can be owned and operated by government, or industry bodies, or be separate organisations. This International Standard for laboratory operation and management contains management system and technical requirements. The management system requirements are common to all laboratories. However there is a need to apply the technical requirements taking into account the specific field of testing being carried out. An informative Annex in the International Standard provides guidelines for applying ISO/IEC 17025 for specific fields of testing.