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  • Date posted: July 27, 2012

    Can Accreditation and Standards fill the regulatory gap? The effectiveness of corporate governance is once again in the headlines. It is key to all the areas where reform is on the agenda. From the media, financial institutions, care homes, schools and hospitals, the debate is running on where between ‘soft ...

     

  • Date posted: May 12, 2012

    On 17 May 2012 UKAS announced the first tranche of accreditations against EN 45011 for certification of installation and advisory services under the DECC Green Deal programme. Details of the scope of accreditation for each certification body can be found on the individual accreditation schedules on the UKAS website. The ...

     

  • Date posted: May 2, 2012

    The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted the first accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 for the examination of crime scenes to Orchid Cellmark Ltd (Cellmark). This accreditation follows the completion of a challenging year long pilot specifically relating to the examination of volume crime scenes. The accreditation of such an ...

     

  • Date posted: March 4, 2012

    Unannounced Visits to Accredited Stack Emissions Monitoring (SEM) Organisations The United Kingdom Accreditation Service has been providing accreditation to stack emissions monitoring organisations for many years, and in 2002, the scope of this was expanded to include the Environment Agency’s MCERTS scheme. UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 for MCERTS has, ...

     

  • Date posted: March 1, 2012

    The standard that is used to assess the competence of Inspections Bodies, ISO/IEC 17020 has been revised. The new version ISO/IEC 17020: 2012 Conformity assessment — Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection was published by ISO on 1 March 2012. UKAS will announce the transition ...

     

  • Date posted: February 10, 2012

    In response to a letter written by the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB) regarding the legality, under Regulation (EC) 765/2008, of UK organisations either providing certification without being accredited or those that claim to be accredited by an organisation other than UKAS, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills ...

     

  • Date posted: December 2, 2011

    Following a competitive tender process for an accreditation provider to work with the Improving Quality In Physiological diagnostics Services (IQIPS) programme, the Royal College of Physicians has announced that UKAS has been selected as the preferred provider. Discussions are now underway to progress the programme and agree the terms of ...

     

  • Date posted: December 1, 2011

    The first UK based accreditation for testing cookware has been granted to Amstel Testing Ltd by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This accreditation is to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for the main cookware testing clauses (BS EN 12983-1:2000+A1:2004). Additionally, Amstel is the only UKAS accredited laboratory in the UK covering standards ...

     

  • Date posted: November 11, 2011

    The first pilot assessment by UKAS of an inspection body involved in inspection of fairground and amusement park devices is now under way. A pre- assessment of Jacobs Engineering (UK) Ltd, Ashton Lane, Manchester was conducted by UKAS recently, where Jacobs’ readiness to proceed to the initial assessment stage was ...

     

  • Date posted: October 21, 2011

    The UK’s first accreditation for plant health inspection has been granted by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). The achievement has put FERA in the unique position of being accredited by UKAS for both plant health inspection and plant health diagnostics. Upon receiving ...