ACCREDITATION

WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?

It is important that the market has assurance that the conformity assessment bodies (CABs) themselves operate to acceptable standards and this is the purpose of accreditation. The accreditation process determines, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services (commonly referred to as conformity assessment).

UKAC accreditation sends a clear message. It says your certification or inspection body can be counted on to perform its duties—in an authoritative and impartial way. It flags that you have been approved by an independent third-party as a professional body that acts with integrity when certifying or inspecting for conformity assessment.

Third-party accreditation is recognized around the world as the highest and most credible type a certification or inspection body can obtain.

BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION

Accreditation, which operates across all market sectors, provides an impartial assessment against internationally recognized standards. UKAC accreditation is internationally recognised. This symbol of assurance offers you many direct benefits.

  • Highlights your competence and credibility.
  • Confirms you are independent and impartial.
  • UKAC provides you international recognition with the international accreditation organisations through the IAB agreement know as (WAA).
  • Enables you to benchmark ongoing performance against relevant standards.
  • Informs your clients you have meet the highest level of assessment and professionalism in the industry.
  • Flags your ability to meet mandatory regularly requirements.
  • Strengthens your ability to compete overall.
Accredited organisations

Accreditation is objective proof that conformity assessment organisations conform with recognized standards. It is the internationally recognized system that is used to develop and sustain high standards of performance.

CONSUMERS

Accredited conformity assessment gives consumers confidence through ensuring consistently high standards in the quality of products or services purchased. Accreditation throughout the market chain is increasingly important. The business world we live in is growing quickly and is highly complex with many inspectors and certifiers operating without accreditation. This is risky for all players, right through to the ultimate consumer.

Without accreditation there is no certainty that goods and services can be depended upon. On the other hand, accreditation provides certainty in a world where standardisation and certification are an integral part of the global economy. And it supports trade and commerce.

UKAC offers accreditation for these themes to support government, industry and the community to achieve their goals:

  1. business process and innovation
  2. health and human services
  3. product certification
  4. food and biological systems
  5. environment

UKAC accreditation process is systematic and comprehensive in its assessment of an applicant’s capabilities and systems.

Before our Governing Board grants an accreditation, the conditions of accreditation—as set out in our detailed accreditation manual—must be met.

Our accreditation process is open, transparent, fair and ethical—every step of the way. Once accreditation is granted, you sign an accreditation deed and agree to all of its undertakings. We then monitor compliance and request adjustments or withdraw your accreditation should you not be fully complying.

After four years, bodies need to apply to be re-accredited.

ACCREDITATION STANDARDS

UKAC provides accreditation services for the following ISO standards

  • ISO 9001 quality management systems
  • ISO 14001 environmental management systems
  • ISO 13485 medical device quality management systems
  • ISO/IEC 20000-1 information technology service management systems
  • ISO 22000 food safety management systems
  • ISO/IEC 27001 information security management systems
  • ISO 28000 supply chain security management systems
  • ISO 29990 Learning services for non-formal education and training – Basic requirements for service providers
  • ISO 50001 energy management systems
  • ISO 55001 asset management systems
  • ISO 20121 event sustainability management systems
  • OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management systems
  • Recycling Industry Operating Standard
  • e-Stewards Standard
  • Private security company management systems

The Standards to be followed by the CAB for the above accreditation are as given below

European and International Standards
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
ISO 15189:2012 Medical Laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence
ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
ISO/IEC 17065:2012 General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems
ISO 14065:2013 Greenhouse gases -- Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition
ISO/IEC 17024:2012 General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons
ISO/IEC 17021:2011** (ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015) Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems
ISO/IEC TS 17021-2, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
ISO/IEC TS 17021-3, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems.
ISO/TS 22003, Food safety management systems Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
ISO/IEC 27006, Information technology Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems.
IAB Rules of Procedure for Management System Certification Body Accreditation

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