The IEC has announced the availability of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, which specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods and laboratory-developed methods, and is applicable to all organisations performing tests and/or calibrations, including laboratories, regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing and/or calibration activities.

Then there is ISO/IEC Guide 21-1:2005, which provides methods for determining the degree of correspondence between regional or national standards and relevant international standards; adoption of international standards as regional or national standards; indication of technical deviations which would facilitate immediate recognition of any deviation; numbering of regional or national standards that are identical adoptions of international standards; and an indication of the degree of correspondence between the regional or national standard and the international standard.

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