Accreditation

    Accreditation of Approved Bodies (GB) and UK Notified Bodies for the NI market

    UKAS provides accreditation for the purposes of appointment under UK Regulations (Great Britain) and EC Directives (Northern Ireland).

    Bodies seeking appointment by a UK competent authority under relevant UK regulations for the Great Britain market or EC directives for the Northern Ireland market may apply for accreditation from UKAS. Background information, including details of the relevant UK competent authorities, is given in UKAS Publication GEN 5 and application should be made to UKAS using the UKAS Application Form.

    Bodies wishing to be accredited under these arrangements should liaise with the appropriate competent authority (see Appendix 1 in UKAS Publication GEN 5 for details) and take steps to ensure that they understand and comply with the relevant guidelines for appointment, as published by the relevant competent authority, and with the relevant regulations, before applying to UKAS. Bodies seeking accreditation for appointment as a UK Notified Body for the Northern Ireland market also need to be aware of EA-2/17 M: 2020 EA Document on Accreditation for Notification Purposes, a mandatory document identifying accreditation requirements for notified bodies undertaking conformity assessment activities for placing goods on the Single European market: Under the Northern Ireland Protocol this includes Northern Ireland.

    It is Government policy to use the accreditation of bodies seeking to undertake conformity assessment tasks under Regulations/Directives and to regard accreditation to the relevant standards in the ISO/IEC 17000 series to an appropriate scope as supporting evidence that the applicant body satisfies the requirements of the minimum criteria.

    UKAS provides accreditation on behalf of the following competent authorities:

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
    • Electrical safety (low voltage)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility
    • Equipment for use in explosive atmospheres
    • Gas appliances
    • Hot water boilers
    • Lifts
    • Machinery
    • Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Pressure equipment
    • Radio equipment directive
    • Recreational craft
    • Simple pressure vessels
    • Toys
    • Certain EU/third country Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA)
    • Pyrotechnical articles
    The Department for Transport (DfT)
    • The inspection of tanks for the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail and the inspection of transportable pressure receptacles for the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail.
    • The Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 No 3066
    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
    • Construction Products Regulation
    The National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO)
    • Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) and Measuring Instruments Directive (MID)
    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
    • The Marine Equipment Directive