The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the United Kingdom, appointed by government, to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. In short , they ‘checks the checkers’.
It is Government policy to recommend the use of The United Kingdom Accreditation Service accredited conformity assessment services whenever this is an option. The Conformity assessment and accreditation policy in the UK requires UK conformity assessment bodies seeking accreditation to do so from The United Kingdom Accreditation Service as the sole NAB for the UK.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is appointed as the UK’s national accreditation body under the UK Accreditation Regulations 2009 for the purposes of Article 4(1) of RAMS (Regulation (EC) 765/2008, as amended and has effect in Great Britain), setting out the requirements for accreditation.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is independent of Government but operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UKAS is licensed by BEIS to use and confer the national accreditation symbols which symbolise Government recognition of the accreditation process.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. It operates as an independent body providing a public authority activity and operating in the public interest. UKAS is self-financing and charges fees to conformity assessment bodies to cover operational costs and other expenditures.
UKAS’ involvement in international accreditation groups such as EA, IAF and ILAC, provides for mutual recognition of accreditation and accredited services. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers, and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade for organisations who hold UKAS accreditation or certificates issued by a UKAS accredited body. Head back to Information Centre>>