Call for Expressions of Interest by 22 February 2016

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is proposing to establish a project to develop accreditation for the certification of Quarantine Units (QUs). This is in support of the Welsh Government’s plan to introduce changes to the standstill rules relating to cattle, sheep and goats, for farms operating approved QUs. UKAS intends to run a pilot programme and is inviting expressions of interest from organisations that wish to seek accreditation under ISO 17065: 2012 for the certification of QUs. Participants in the pilot assessment programme will be required to agree to the terms of reference of the pilot and will be subject to assessment by UKAS against the international standard ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 (Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) which sets out general criteria for the impartiality and competence of product/process/service certification bodies. On satisfactory completion of assessment by UKAS and on timely completion of the pilot assessment programme requirements, the applicants will be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 for the certification of QUs.

Further information on QUs is available in the Welsh Government’s public Consultation on the Introduction of Quarantine Units, which closes on 12 February 2016. A Ministerial decision on QUs is due in March. Potential applicants should be aware that the scheme details are subject to change.

The pilot programme will consist of the following key stages:

  • Expressions of interest from potential applicants
  • Consultation meeting with those who expressed interest to participate in the pilot including key stakeholders such as the Welsh Government and other interested parties to discuss the objectives and terms of the pilot
  • Applications for accreditation
  • Planning and assessment of pilot applicants
  • Announcement of accreditation
  • Review/lessons learned discussion with stakeholders.

Those who have expressed an interest in participating in the pilot will be invited to send a representative to a meeting of interested parties at the Welsh Government Pavilion, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on Thursday 10 March 2016 (see attached map of Welsh Government Pavilion).

Those who wish to express an interest to participate in the pilot programme are requested to contact the UKAS Development Coordinator alison.severn@ukas.com and provide their contact details, no later than 22 February 2016.

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