Accreditation
  • ISO/IEC 17021-1
  • ISO/IEC 17024
  • ISO/IEC 17065

Certification Body Accreditation

Providing confidence in the safety and reliability of accredited certification activity

Accreditation demonstrates to the marketplace that certification bodies are technically competent to audit and certify activity in accordance with the requirements of national and international standards and regulations.

Users of accredited certification services can be confident in the quality of the processes used, the competence of the staff and the reliability and accuracy of results. Increasingly public and private organisations are specifying accredited certification in contracts to ensure traceability of complex supply chains. By demonstrating your technical competence through accreditation, you can differentiate yourself from your competitors.

Only UKAS accredited certificates include the UKAS accreditation symbol. The symbol has a dual role; it enables certification bodies to show their competence and allows consumers of certification services to easily recognise quality providers.

Standards for certification bodies

  • ISO/IEC 17021-1: Certification of Management Systems

    ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 1: Requirements

    • Environmental Management Systems Certification (EMS) to ISO 14001
      ISO/IEC 17021-2:2016 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
    • Quality Management Systems Certification (QMS) to ISO 9001
      ISO/IEC 17021-3:2017 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems
    • * Event Sustainability Management Systems Certification (ESMS) to ISO 20121
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-4:2013 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 4: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of event sustainability management systems
    • Asset Management Systems Certification (AMS) to ISO 55001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-5:2014 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 5: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of asset management systems
    • Business Continuity Management Systems Certification (BCM) to ISO 22301
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-6:2014 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 6: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of business continuity management systems
    • * Road Traffic Safety Management Systems (RTS) to ISO 39001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-7:2014 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 7: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of road traffic safety management systems
    • * Sustainable Development in Communities Management Systems to ISO 37101
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-8:2019 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 8: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of management systems for sustainable development in communities
    • Anti-Bribery Management Systems Certification (ABMS) to ISO 37001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-9:2016 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 9: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of anti-bribery management systems
    • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certification (OH&SMS) to BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-10:2018 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 10: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of occupational health and safety management systems
    • * Facility Management (FM) Management Systems to ISO 41001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-11:2018 – Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems — Part 11: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of facility management (FM) management systems
    • * Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems (CBRMS) to ISO 44001
      ISO/IEC TS 17021-12:2020 – 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
    • Food Safety Management Systems Certification (FSMS) to ISO 22000 and FAMI-QS
      ISO/TS 22003:2013 – Food safety management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
    • Information Security Management Systems Certification (ISMS) to ISO/IEC 27001
      ISO/IEC 27006:2015 – Information technology — Security techniques — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems
    • Information Technology Service Management System Certification (ITSMS) to ISO/IEC 20000
      ISO/IEC 20000-6:2017 – Information technology — Service management — Part 6: Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of service management systems
    • Energy Management Systems Certification (EnMS) to ISO 50001
      ISO 50003:2021 (ISO 50003:2014) – Energy management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems
    • Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1 and ISO 18788
    • Supply Chain Security Management Systems Certification (SCSMS) to ISO 28000
    • Medical Devices manufacturers – QMS Certification to ISO 13485
    • Healthcare Quality Management Systems Certification (HCQMS) to EN 15224
    • Fire Risk Management Systems Certification (FRMS) to BS 9997 (and PAS 7 – Withdrawn)
    • Competence Management System Certification – Energy and Utility Skills Group Competence Scheme

    * UKAS has not currently accredited any certification bodies for the purposes of certifying these management systems although accreditation schemes may be under development. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

  • ISO/IEC 17024: Certification of Persons

    Accreditation aimed at achieving and promoting a globally accepted benchmark for organizations operating certification of persons.

  • ISO/IEC 17065: Certification of Products, Processes and Services

    Accredited certification of Products, Processes and Services provides confidence that specified requirements are met.