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What are the costs of accreditation?

Until we receive an application for accreditation which details the size of your operation, it is very difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate as to what it will cost you to become UKAS-accredited.

All assessment fees are effort related; i.e. - dependent on the complexity of scope of accreditation being sought. These fees include not just the time the assessment team spend at your site but also office time. A list of current fees can be found in the UKAS Standard Terms of Business.

However, to better gauge the cost of gaining accreditation, some typical examples are listed below: 

  • Scenario 1: A small testing laboratory, for example in the area of environmental testing, seeking accreditation for a limited number of tests within a single technical sector, such as Soil Analysis. Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 2: A testing laboratory, for example in the area of environmental testing providing a comprehensive analysis service to a single sector (i.e. Food Safety and Composition). Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 3: A small calibration laboratory, for example in the area of temperature calibration looking to have a limited number of calibrations for a limited number of types of equipment accredited, for example the calibration of Liquid in Glass and Electronic Thermometers between -60°C and 250°C. Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 4: A calibration laboratory, seeking accreditation to provide a comprehensive range of calibrations across a range of types of calibration and equipment, such as Electrical Current, Voltage and Resistance Generation and Measurement, Gas Flow Rate, Gas Pressure Gauges, and Temperature – Thermocouples, Liquid in Glass and Resistance. Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 6: An inspection body, seeking accreditation for the provision of a range of inspection services in several technical areas, such as the Carriage of Dangerous Goods, Transportable Pressure Equipment, and Lifts and Lifting Equipment. Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 7: A small certification body, looking to be accredited for provision of management system, product or persons certification services within a focused technical area, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. Click here for an indication of the costs.
  • Scenario 8: A certification body, looking to be accredited for provision of management system, product or persons certification services across a limited number of technical areas, operating from a head office and 2 additional offices based outside of the UK , for example ISO 9001 QMS Certification for EA Codes 16, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 28, and ISO 14001 EMS Certification for EA Codes 16, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 28. Click here for an indication of the costs.