13 June, 2017

NHSE, UKAS and IPEM have recently published a joint statement regarding the accreditation of Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has been approached by NHSE and IPEM to manage and deliver accreditation for those specialisms falling under the healthcare science clinical engineering and physical sciences stream. UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide testing, certification, inspection, calibration services and other related evaluation activities.

UKAS accreditation is granted to organisations who have demonstrated that they fully meet the requirements of relevant national and international standards. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these organisations. UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee.

UKAS is now very pleased to be in a position to work with IPEM and NHSE and develop accreditation for the clinical engineering and physical science services. We aim to build on the work previously conducted to develop ‘iCEPSS’ and also the recently published British Standard BS 70000 Medical physics, clinical engineering and associated scientific services in healthcare – Requirements for quality, safety and competence.

UKAS has established a CEPSS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in collaboration with NHSE and IPEM to support the development of the accreditation in the area of CEPSS. The TAC is comprised of representatives from relevant stakeholders and technical experts and will provide advice and guidance on all aspects of the accreditation of CEPSS both initially and on a continuing basis. In particular, it will be important to ensure access to advice and guidance on specific clinical and technical issues, and interpretation of the scheme requirements.

The first meeting of the TAC was held on the 26th May 2017.  After consulting with the TAC members, UKAS can announce that a development project will be established using BS 70000 as the criteria for assessment and accreditation.  The project will involve a pilot assessment programme that aims to:

  • Confirm that BS 70000 is an effective standard
  • Establish a robust assessment process for accrediting against BS 70000
  • Determine scoping of accreditation for the different CEPSS activities
  • Identify potential assessors and sources of assessors

It is recognised that there is a wide range of activities which can fall under CEPSS. For this reason the development project will initially look to pilot assessments in 1-2 service areas.  UKAS would therefore like to gauge the likely level of interest there may be from organisations that work in this CEPSS area.  The level of interest will assist UKAS in determining the best way forward with a development project for this area.

As this is an initial announcement to gauge the demand please provide feedback to UKAS (Alison.Severn@ukas.com) by the 10th July 2017. Could you provide the following information :

  • Would your organisation be interested in being part of a pilot to gain accreditation to BS 70000?
  • What areas within your Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services would be best positioned to gain accreditation?
  • When would you be able to commit resource to a pilot project? When would you envisage selected areas being ready for an assessment?