Expected in mid-2017, the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard will not bring radical changes to technical requirements (and thus test quality), but it will try to respond to a number of inadequacies in the current version and is structured very differently. In particular, we see that chapter 5.10, "Reporting of results", is one of the chapters where changes were considered necessary, particularly with regard to measurement uncertainty and its use in declaring compliance.
The discussion will focus on three key themes: the statement of conformity, decision rules and the risk-based approach.
We will invite representatives of specifiers such as public authorities, whose influence is exerted through regulation, and private-sector specifiers, who impose their own standards or specifications. The opinions and needs of users, mostly in industry (clients requiring testing, owners of measuring equipment for calibration laboratories), will also be central to the discussions.