The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. UKAS is recognised by government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. In short, UKAS ‘checks the checkers’. UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. UKAS is independent of Government.
UKAS is licensed by BEIS to use and confer the national accreditation symbols (formerly national accreditation marks) which symbolise Government recognition of the accreditation process.
UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of conformity assessment bodies. UKAS accredited certification, testing, inspection and calibration reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers.
UKAS' involvement in international groups such as EA, IAF and ILAC, provides for mutual recognition. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers, and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade for organisations who have UKAS accreditation.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. UKAS is self-financing and charges fees to conformity assessment bodies to cover operational costs and other expenditure. BEIS sponsors UKAS and provides funding to undertake public interest activities (ie non-fee earning activities) in representing the UK’s interests in the accreditation system.
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‘Everything that should be underpinned by UKAS accreditation, is’
To deliver confidence to Government, Business and the public by providing a world class accreditation service that:
supports the competitiveness of the UK;
meets stakeholders needs by providing innovative, robust and effective solutions;
is fully accessible, delivers customer service excellence and provides added value.
UKAS will be impartial, agile and proactive in underpinning the national quality infrastructure, enabling the UK economy to thrive.
Is to continue to strengthen our operations teams, developing the capacity and capability to exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders and deliver accreditation services to the highest quality and technical standards.
We are continually optimising new technology to improve our open, collaborative customer and stakeholder relations, and to develop UKAS into an even more flexible organisation, with the capability and capacity to meet the increasing demand for accreditation.