Notice 2020-DRS0010

June 17, 2020

Transition Period of ISO/IEC 17025 Extended

ISED will be extending the transition period of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 as a result of the recent joint ILAC-ISO decision with respect to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” from November 30, 2020 until June 1st 2021.

This extension ensures that all accreditation bodies and accredited laboratories are able to achieve the remaining transition requirements under the restrictions imposed as a result of the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

At the end of this transition period, the accreditation of a laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will no longer be recognized by ISED.

Laboratories currently recognized in Canada until November 30, 2020 will be extended to the earlier of June 1st, 2021 or their accreditation expiration date.

Yan Losier,
Manager, Telecom Equipment Regulatory Requirements,
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada