Collaborative Business Relationship Management | New Programmes

About the UKAS Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems programme

The Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems Standard helps organisations develop their business relationships collaboratively, realising commercial advantages and enhancing efficiency. 

UKAS is developing an assessment approach for the accreditation of certification for ISO 44001 to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015. It will also take into consideration the expectation of ISO/IEC TS 17021-12:2020 

As this standard is a new area of accreditation, UKAS has invited expressions of interest to participate in a pilot Assessment programme, which is now underway. 

Associated Standards

  • ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems 
  • ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 12: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of collaborative business relationship management systems 

Current status

The 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 has caused delays to this programme as it was necessary for participating Certification Bodies to switch attention to core business products.  

It was planned that the pilot programme would be managed against a common timeframe and that the accreditation of successful certification bodies would be announced on the same date.

All pilot applicants continue to demonstrate commitment and good progress towards achieving the requirements of the pilot accreditation programme, however COVID-19 has had significant impact and resulted in certification bodies addressing accreditation requirements at differing time frames.

The pilot Terms of Reference prevent UKAS from delaying the grant of accreditation to successful applicants in the circumstance where not all applicant bodies have met the requirements in the stated time frame. As the original planned announcement date has been exceeded it has been agreed internally within UKAS that accreditation will be granted on an induvial timeframe to each pilot applicant on completion of the pilot programme requirements. It is anticipated that accreditations will be announced on an ongoing basis from the latter part of 2021.