The deadline for completion was set as 30 November 2020, with accreditation to the previous (2005) version no longer being valid beyond that date.

The current COVID-19 outbreak led to global restrictions on travel and social contact that has had a significant impact on the ability of some laboratories to implement the necessary changes, and for accreditation bodies to complete assessments and confirm compliance before the November deadline.

As a consequence, a revised deadline of 01 June 2021 has been agreed, and accreditation against ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 shall be recognised up until this date.

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