Frequently asked questions

  • What is UKAS?

    The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. UKAS is recognised by government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. UKAS operates as a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. An introductory guide to UKAS can be downloaded here.

  • Does UKAS have a regulatory role?

    UKAS is not a regulator. It does not have any legal or regulatory enforcement powers. UKAS does however have an ‘oversight’ function and works to ensure that those organisations’ it accredits meet the applicable international accreditation standards.