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Documentation system. Q-Policy statement. Q-manual. Procedures (SOPS). Instructions and forms . Document control -1 (ISO 17025: 2005,4.3). Laboratory shall establish and maintain procedures to control all documents of the management system

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documentation system
Documentation system

Q-Policy statement


Procedures (SOPS)

Instructions and forms

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Document control -1(ISO 17025: 2005,4.3)
  • Laboratory shall establish and maintain procedures to control all documents of the management system
  • Internal documents; specifications, instructions manuals etc.
  • External documents; normative documents regulations, standards etc.)
  • Documents = Electronic or paper copies
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Document control - 2 (ISO 17025: 2005,4.3)
  • All documents reviewed and approved by authorised personel
  • Master list identifying current revision status and distribution
  • Documents should be available at all locations where operations are performed
  • Periodically reviewed
  • Invalid or obsolete documents are promptly removed and suitably marked if retained for knowledge preservation purpose
  • Unique identified: date and /or revision, page numbering including total pages and issuing authorithies
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Document control - 3(ISO 17025: 2005 4.3)

Document changes

  • Changes reviewed and approved by same function of original review
  • Where practical altered/new text is identified
  • If amendment by hand is allowed define procedures and authorities for amendments
  • Procedure describing changes in electronic documents
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Quality policy statement(ISO 17025: 2005, 4.2)
  • Written according to current version of ISO 17025
  • Independent or included in Manual
  • Including the management’s commitment to meet requirements and to continually improve the QMS
  • Communicated and understood by staff
  • Reviewed for continous suitability
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Quality manual (ISO 17025: 2005 4.2)
  • QMS policies related to quality (including a quality policy statement) shall be defined in a quality manual
  • Quality manual includes or make reference to the procedures. Outline of structure of documentation is given.
  • Roles and responsibilities of technical management and quality manager shall be defined
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Quality manual contents -1
  • Title
  • Table of contents
  • Proof of review
  • Revision number, issue date
  • Tracking of changes
  • Information related to organization (name,adress, activities history,size etc)
  • Mention the standard on which QMS is based
  • Scope of QMS
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Quality manual contents - 2
  • Quality Policy or reference
  • Responsibilities (organizational chart, description of functions
  • Description of the QMS ( processes and their interactions)
  • Structure of QMS documentation
  • Written procedures or references to them
  • References
  • Annexes
sop s and workinstructions
SOP’S and Workinstructions
  • Harmonized format
  • Uniquely identified
  • Proof of review
  • Tracking of changes
  • Defined structure: Name organization, title, purpose, scope,responsabilities/authorities, description activity (including resources needed)
  • Related documents and forms
  • Archiving
external documentation
External documentation
  • Pharmacopoeias
  • Legislation
  • Standards
  • Guidelines
  • Reference material certificates
  • User Manuals equipment
  • Software
  • External calibration reports
  • Adequate to record data to prove compliance with the QMS requirements
  • Title, unique identification, revision index, issue date
  • Procedures / instructions should mention the forms to be used related to the described activity or be annexed to them
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External documentation
  • Documents of external origin, which are part of the QMS or can have a large influence on the system should be controlled
  • Review: updates of external docs are followed by documentated evaluation of the impact on internal QMS documents, if necessary internal QMS docs are updated
  • Also check by update of internal docs if referred external docs are still valid
  • Plans apply to a specific situation
  • Examples :sampling, testing, validation, auditing training etc
  • Define the purpose of the plan
  • Unique identification
  • Proof of approval
  • For plans specific forms can be used
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Registration of records -1( ISO 17025:2005,4.13)
  • Procedure required for identification, maintenance, storage
  • Legible and easy retrievable
  • Fully traceability of test circumstances (give information to identify factors affecting the uncertainity and to enable the test under the same conditions, including identity of personel acting in the tests.
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Registration of records- 2(ISO 17025:2005,4.13)
  • Retention time established
  • Archived in suitable environment
  • Held secure and in confidence
  • Electronic records: back-up and protection against unauthorized access or amendments
  • Mistakes crossed out (original entry still visble) and signed and dated(ISO 17025:2005, 5.4.7)
  • Calculations and data transfer (appropriate checks)
review of documents and approval
Review of documents and approval


  • By competent personel to check clarity, accuracy, adequacy of content and structure
  • By users to verify information, practical useApproval:
  • By management responsible for application of the procedure
  • Controlled copies should show proof of approval
  • Proof of approval should be kept
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Distribution of QMS-documents-1

The system’s documentaion shall be communicated to, understood by, available to and implemented by the appropriated personnel

Controlled distribution


  • Distributed where needed
  • Obsolete original archived and copies retrieved


  • Only QA-manager has write –access
  • Retrieval of obsolete file and access to new file
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Distribution of QMS-documents-2

Non-controlled copies:

  • Clearly identified as non-controlled copy
  • Inform the receiver that no information of updates will be given
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Archiving of records (ISO 17025:2005, 4.13)
  • For the chosen period follow national and specific regulations according to the tests carried out
  • Normally minimal 5 years
  • Related documents have to be also available (SOP’s)
experience of participants
Experience of participants
  • Choice of author
  • Review of documents: period and procedure
  • Changes in documents
  • Content: How detailed is a description of a procedure
  • Procedure to inform workers about new changed documents
  • Choice to refer or repeat information