» News, Media and Events

  • Date posted: October 5, 2018

    Within the European cooperation for Accreditation the responsibility for managing the multilateral agreement (MLA) lies with the Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC).  At its 40th meeting in Budapest on the 3rd October 2018 the MAC considered the report relating to the UKAS peer evaluation in mid-June.  This was an additional evaluation, ...

     

  • Date posted: October 3, 2018

    The end of September 2018 marked the completion of a five year project to transfer the accreditation of medical laboratories from the CPA Standards to the international standard ISO 15189:2012 Medical laboratories -- Requirements for quality and competence. As medical laboratory accreditation for ISO 15189 is issued by UKAS, the ...

     

  • Date posted: September 25, 2018

    The International Accreditation Forum, IAF, has just published its 2017-18 IAF Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA) Annual Report, which sets out the detailed activity carried out as part of the peer evaluation process to maintain the integrity and consistency of the IAF MLA. The report includes information about the structure of ...

     

  • Date posted: September 18, 2018

    This Technical Bulletin provides an update to recent communications regarding NACE 1.1 to NACE 2 scoping reconciliation and integration of the various ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 schedules into single schedules, including the Technical Bulletins below; QMS and EMS Certification – Transition from NACE 1 to NACE 2 (5 February 2018) The ...

     

  • Date posted: September 14, 2018

    UKAS notes the publication of the next tranche of Government Technical Notices including the Notice on the proposals for trading goods regulated under the new approach in the event of a “No Deal” scenario. We welcome the clarity that this offers and particularly the confirmation that UKAS’s role as the ...

     

  • Date posted: September 5, 2018

    NHS England has announced the winners of the 2018 Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme – a bespoke 12 month development programme that aims to improve patient care and identify new approaches to measurement and outcomes. The Programme, which runs in partnership with the National Measurement System (NMS) ...

     

  • Date posted: August 30, 2018

    UKAS welcomes the publication of the first tranche of 25 technical notices which gives an indication of the Government’s planning should the UK be unable to have a negotiated Withdrawal Agreement in place with the EU by March 2019.  However, UKAS notes that the papers released so far do not ...

     

  • Date posted: August 24, 2018

    Following discussions with Certification Bodies (CBs) and other stakeholders, UKAS has been developing a new format of accreditation schedule to present the accredited scope of management systems CBs under ISO/IEC 17021-1. The aim of the new format is to provide a single accreditation schedule that will specify each of the ...

     

  • Date posted: August 16, 2018

    The International System of Units (SI) is a globally agreed system of measurements that was formalised in 1960. From 20th May 2019 all SI units will be redefined using universal measurable physical constants, rather than measurement artefacts, to make measurements more accurate, standardised and reproducible across the world. To celebrate ...

     

  • Date posted: August 13, 2018

    Accredited Certification Bodies should be aware of developments in the ISO/IEC 17021 series of documents. CBs should note that TS documents are Technical Specifications and not direct requirement documents, however the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has adopted these and they therefore hold the same status as IAF Mandatory Guidance i.e. ...