» How to maintain your accreditation

Your accreditation will be confirmed on an annual basis through surveillance activities, with a full re-assessment every fourth year. The first surveillance visit takes place 6 months after the Grant of Accreditation.

At the initial assessment stage, you will be provided with an estimate of the work involved for the four-year cycle. At any time during the life of your accreditation, if the estimated effort changes (for example, if you have an extension to scope granted which affects the effort required in subsequent assessments), then you will be provided with an amended estimate. A quotation for each year’s assessment will be provided.

Accredited organisations are advised to adopt the following measures to maintain their accreditation:

  • Inform your Assessment Manager of any changes that may affect the scope of your accreditation as early as possible. Your Assessment Manager can be contacted at any point in the cycle.
  • Ensure that your key technical staff maintain their technical competence by attending recognised training courses and relevant sector events. UKAS provides training courses that may support the development of your technical team.
  • Ensure that you keep up-to-date with Regulatory changes in your sector.
  • Ensure that you are subscribed to Update, UKAS publications and Technical Bulletins to ensure that you receive the latest accreditation requirements.
  • Inform UKAS in advance of any relocation of premises from which accredited work is performed.
  • Conduct an appropriate Internal audit regime.
  • Ensure on-going effective document control.
  • Retain all quality records and technical records throughout the period between assessments.
  • Ensure that you are subscribed to Update, UKAS publications and Technical Bulletins to ensure that you receive the latest accreditation requirements.

 

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