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What are the UKAS standards?
UKAS is formally recognised by the UK government, to assess and accredit against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide conformity assessment activities including certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
What does UKAS accreditation stand for?
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service
Delivering a world of confidence 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.
What are the benefits of UKAS accreditation?
- Assure the efficiency and validity of processes.
- Confirm accuracy of measurements.
- Create assurance around innovation.
- Demonstrate technical competence.
- Prove impartiality.
- Deliver confidence.
- Gain commercial advantages.
- Increase international acceptance for import & export.
How does UKAS accreditation work?
UKAS is the National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom. We are appointed by government, to assess and accredit organisations that provide services including certification, testing, inspection and calibration.
How do I prepare for UKAS accreditation?
- Read the Standard.
- Audit your Quality Management.
- Perform a gap analysis.
- Provide documentation when asked.
- Respond to communications.
- Provide clearance evidence by the dates requested.
- Talk and share good practice.
- Keep UKAS informed.
Does ISO 9001 have to be UKAS accredited?
Always the answer is no. The same answer should therefore apply when asking whether or not to pursue UKAS-accredited certification. The simple truth is that anyone can hand out an ISO Certificate – you can even award one to yourself!
How long does it take to get UKAS accreditation?
If the organisation is ready and able to provide UKAS with convincing evidence to demonstrate that they conform fully to the standard then the process can take as little as 6 to 8 months from application to grant of accreditation. The assessment process devised by UKAS should normally take 6-12 months.
How long is UKAS accreditation?
UKAS accreditation is granted for a 4-year period. During this time, accreditation is continually monitored by UKAS and renewed in the fourth year following a full reassessment. The expiry date on the platform is the date by which the renewal of accreditation must be granted following a reassessment.
What is UKAS accreditation?
UKAS accredits certification bodies to ISO/IEC Standard 17021 which specifies requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. UKAS accredits product certification agencies to ISO/IEC Standard 17065.
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What training does the UKAS training academy offer?
To support our accreditation work, the UKAS Training Academy offers a range of public and on-site training courses. Our portfolio of courses provide UK & overseas delegates with knowledge and best practice of accreditation practices and conformity assessment systems. To find out more about courses specific to this standard, click here.
What is the purpose of the UKAS symbol?
The symbol has a dual role; it enables certification bodies to show their competence and allows consumers of certification services to easily recognise quality providers. To support our accreditation work, the UKAS Training Academy offers a range of public and on-site training courses.