UKAS Accreditation

WHO IS UKAS?

UKAS is the sole accreditation body for the United Kingdom, providing assurance that a Certification Body is technically competent, objective and impartial. The UK Department for Business specifically states on GOV.UK:

”The only ‘authoritative statement’ of competence, that has public authority status – providing the last level of control in the conformity assessment chain is from the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS” 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A UKAS ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION BODY?

The ONLY way to be 100% certain your ISO certificate will be recognised by every organisation who requests a copy of it, including when bidding for contracts in the private and public sectors, is for it to have been issued by a UKAS accredited Certification Body such as the British Assessment Bureau.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ORGANISATIONS WHO CHOOSE NON-UKAS?

Those who choose non-UKAS are not committing any offence unless they mislead people into believing they have ‘UKAS accredited’ certification. However, from the organisations who have contacted us to discuss transferring their non-UKAS certification, we have learnt of two severe consequences suffered by those that did choose it:

  1. Loss, or threat of losing an important contract.
  2. Reputational damage.

For example, one organisation had proudly announced their non-UKAS accredited certification on social media, but unfortunately received such a large amount of negative feedback from other companies (who understood the strength and value of UKAS accreditation), they choose to remove due to the detrimental effect on their reputation.

 

In the video below, brave clients talk about their experience of non-UKAS certification....