The new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 SAMM Accreditation



It’s a privilege to announce that our DCS consolidated construction S/B is going for SAMM accreditation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Introduction – Background information ISO/IEC 17025 was first issued in 1999 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC). It is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world, with more than 50.000 laboratories accredited, globally. At the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) General Assembly in October 2013 the Laboratory Committee (which is composed of stakeholder representatives of accredited testing and calibration) recommended that ILAC request that ISO/CASCO establish a new work item to comprehensively revise ISO/IEC 17025:2005. CASCO is the ISO committee that works on issues relating to conformity assessment. CASCO develops policy and publishes standards related to conformity assessment; it does not perform conformity assessment activities. CASCO’s standards development activities are carried out by working groups made up of experts put forward by the ISO member bodies. The experts are individuals who possess specific knowledge relating to the activities to be undertaken by the working group. The 6th ISO/CASCO WG 44 meeting was held on July 10-12, 2017 in ISO Central Secretariat, Geneva. The deliverable of this meeting was the FDIS version of the new ISO/IEC 17025 version. The document is expected to proceed to publication, planned for end November/December 2017. Please note that throughout this article the term “the standard” refers to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017.


SAMM Certificate ISO 17025:2015




Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM)

Laboratory accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17025 (formerly ISO/IEC Guide 25) was first introduced in Malaysia on 1 July 1987. This was followed by the introduction in 15 August 1990 of a national unified laboratory accreditation scheme, known as Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM). The SAMM scheme was initially administered by SAMM National Council that directly come under the authority of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Following the establishment of the Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) on 28 August 1996 under the Standards of Malaysia Act, 1996, all accreditation activities of the former Malaysia Accreditation Council were transferred to and come directly under the responsibility of Standards Malaysia. The laboratory accreditation scheme, however, retains its original name “Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM).

The primary objective of SAMM is to provide a credible accreditation service to testing and calibration laboratories including medical testing laboratories such that ultimately SAMM endorsed test reports and calibration certificates are accepted internationally. The accepted mechanism for recognition is by means of the Mutual Recognition Arrangements framework of the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (APLAC).

Scope of Activities

SAMM is unified national laboratory accreditation scheme and is multi-disciplinary in its scope of accreditation activities. It covers both calibration and testing including medical testing.

Reference to SAMM Accreditation

Accredited laboratories may use Accreditation Symbol and combined ILAC MRA Mark or make reference to SAMM accreditation.


Standards Malaysia is staffed by full time technical officers and supporting staff to carry out daily operations. It is operated in accordance with MS ISO/IEC 17011.

Accreditation Criteria

General criteria as published in MS ISO/IEC 17025 / MS ISO 15189, SAMM Policies (SP), Specific Criteria (SC) and Specific Technical Requirements (STR) are used in assessments and accreditation process.

Policy on Cross Frontier Accreditation

It is the policy of Standards Malaysia not to accept any CAB application from abroad. This policy is consistent with the Act 549, Standards of Malaysia Act 1996, clause 10 (2)(h).


Test/Calibration Methods

All existing standard methods from both national and international standard bodies as well as reputable technical organisation are acceptable. For non-standard/in-house method are also acceptable provide that they are validated and documented.



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