UKAS is the sole national accreditation body, recognised by Government, to assess and declare the competence of organisations that provide laboratory testing, inspection, calibration and certification services.
An organisation accredited by UKAS has proved that it complies with best practice, and that it is competent to deliver a consistently reliable, impartial, and accurate service, which meets the appropriate internationally-recognised standard. This independent declaration of competence provides public sector procurers with information to deliver more effective, low risk, and innovative way to carry out procurement activities.
UKAS now accredits 1,500 laboratories, over 150 certification bodies and 240 inspection bodies across an increasingly diverse range of disciplines across all UK sectors.
UKAS is recognised by all UK Government departments through a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Secretary of State for Science and Innovation (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills). A copy of the MoU which details the scope of accreditation activities, and the Government’s policy on UKAS accreditation can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.
The influence and use of accreditation continues to grow across a wide range of Government policy areas including effective regulation, good governance, fair markets and public confidence.
Strengthened by new European legislation (Regulation 765:2008), accreditation will be regarded as a public authority activity and operate within a legal framework across Europe. The creation of this legal framework confirms the importance of accreditation to trade and commerce within the EU.
For other enquiries, please contact Jon Murthy (Marketing Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 917 8493.
A full live list of accredited organizations can be found at ukas.com.
A guide that details the role of UKAS and accreditation can be accessed here.
"Accreditation by UKAS ensures that evaluation bodies have been independently evaluated for their competence, impartiality and performance capability. The MoD requires that degree of confidence if it is to rely on third party certification of its suppliers. It therefore prefers that the certification has been undertaken by a certification body accredited by UKAS."
Ministry of Defence
“UKAS provides the solid foundation of assurance on which we can rely in order to make good decisions.”
Dame Deidre Hutton, Chair of the Food Standards Agency
“Wherever there is a need for reliable measurement, there must also be a role for accreditation.”
Sir John Harman, Chairman, Environment Agency