Accreditation is a formal, third party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks. It provides a means to identify a proven, competent evaluator so that the selection of a laboratory, inspection or certification body is an informed choice. UKAS accreditation means the evaluator can demonstrate to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards. Accreditation therefore supports safety regulations, and assures the quality of products.
Accreditation has been shown in the following reports to bring benefits to the UK economy: