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1966

British Calibration Service (BCS) appointed
The Minister of Technology, Frank Cousins, announced to Parliament the formation of the British Calibration Service (BCS).

1967

BCS establishes four measurement fields
Electrical (DC and LF), Electrical (RF and microwave), Mechanical and Fluids. Laboratory approval criteria and other control documentation were developed and published. BCS was “open for business.”

1968

The first dimensional laboratory was approved
Coventry Gauge & Tool Company (0001)

The first electrical laboratory was approved
Ferranti, Wythenshawe, (0004)

1970

BCS was transferred to the responsibility of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

1971

Invention of the microchip

1972

Two new calibration fields were established (Optical and Thermal)

The first overseas laboratory (INTA, Madrid) was approved

1974

BCS was transferred to the responsibility of the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection (DPCP)

Radiological established as a new calibration field

70 laboratories now approved

1977

BCS was transferred to the DTI and was relocated to NPL

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) established as a Conference

1980

Thermal conductivity established as a new calibration field

1981

NATLAS introduced by NPL
National Testing Laboratory Accreditation Scheme

1982

Institute of Mechanical Engineers established

Evidential Breath Testing established as a new calibration field

1983

BCS and NATLAS merged to form the NAMAS
National Measurement Accreditation Service

NACCB established by the DTI with BSI
National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies

Polymerase chain reaction invented

1984

DNA fingerprinting discovered by Alec Jeffreys

1986

First DNA profiling conviction used to aid a criminal investigation

1987

ISO 9001 introduced based on UK BS 5750 for QMS

1991

HSE changed legislation relating to gas work, appointing CORGI as the Registrar

1992

Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd (CPA) incorporated in January

1995

NAMAS & NACCB merged to form UKAS
United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

1996

The accreditation of engineering inspection was added from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

1998

First IAF Multilateral Agreement (MLA) signed for QMS

The first Environment Agency MCERTS scheme was introduced for the certification of Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems

1999

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) founded

Use of asbestos in new buildings outlawed

2000

First ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) signed.

Red Tractor – British Farm Standard introduced

2001

European Accreditation formed
European Accreditation was formed from the Western European Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation & the Western European Calibration Collaboration

First IAF & ILAC joint assembly held

2002

First Proficiency Testing Scheme Provider accredited

2003

Human Genome project completed

2005

European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) renewable energy accreditation granted

2006

First Reference Material Producers accredited, insurance recognition of the value of accreditation

2007

Responsible farming, CAA recognition & OHSAS 18001 recognised as British Standard

2008

World Accreditation Day launched

Environment Agency published the MCERTS standard

2009

CPA acquired by UKAS, First Point of Care Testing accreditation

2010

Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) launched

First Legionella accreditation

2011

First accreditations in Supply Chain MS, Plant Health Inspection, Nuclear New Build

2012

Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) programme launched

First accreditation for the identification and enumeration of birds from aerial photographs

2013

First accreditations in fairground inspection, financial retail products, asbestos on marine vessels, private security contractors

2014

DOH and BIS recognise the role of accreditation in health & social care

Paul Stennett receives Honorary Fellowship from RCPath in recognition of modernisation of pathology services in the UK

2015

World’s first accreditations for the certification of asset management systems to ISO 55001

First UKAS accreditation of independent care home inspections announced

Public Sector Assurance website launched

2016

Celebrating 21 Years of UKAS

Denplan quality assurance scheme for dental practices announced

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