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  • Date posted: December 6, 2017

    On the 13th October 2017, the Forensic Science Regulator published Version 4 of the ‘Codes of Practice and Conduct for forensic science providers and practitioners in the Criminal Justice System’ (The Codes). Organisations that provide forensic science services to the Criminal Justice System can include the compliance with The Codes ...

     

  • Date posted: December 1, 2017

    Following the publication of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, ISO has published a brochure to set out the key differences in the standard.  A copy of the brochure can be downloaded here

     

  • Date posted: November 28, 2017

    In March 2017 UKAS issued communication to all accredited laboratories involved in Legionella testing of waters (appended). The letter set out the expectations for the reporting of results in the volume tested. The letter made specific reference to excluding the extrapolation of counts to give a result in a litre ...

     

  • Date posted: November 28, 2017

    Background This paper is intended to clarify requirements of ISO 15189:2012 and UKAS’ expectations of how a medical laboratory demonstrates the competence of its clinical staff. This paper also includes information on the use of External Quality Assurance (EQA) programmes. This paper has been developed by the UKAS Medical Laboratory ...

     

  • Date posted: November 8, 2017

    Following discussions at the IAF Technical Committee on October 23rd and 24th 2017, and with the transition process for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 now in its final year, IAF has published a communique highlighting the need for further steps to help ensure that certified companies are encouraged to ...

     

  • Date posted: November 2, 2017

        Ricardo plc is a global engineering and environmental consultancy, specialising in the transport and energy sectors.  The combination of two EU directives make it mandatory for organisations assessing the interoperability and safety of rail systems within the European rail sector to be accredited by a recognised national accreditation ...

     

  • Date posted: September 27, 2017

    Accredited Certification Bodies should be aware of developments in the ISO/IEC 17021 series of documents. CBs should note that TS documents are Technical Specifications and not direct requirement documents, however the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has adopted these and they therefore hold the same status as IAF Mandatory Guidance i.e. ...

     

  • Date posted: September 18, 2017

    UKAS, in conjunction with the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and NHS England, is developing a new accreditation scheme for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services, to be known as MPACE. An introduction to the scheme and the progress that has been made with the project so far is ...

     

  • Date posted: August 29, 2017

    This technical bulletin concerns the transition between IAF MD18 and ISO/IEC 20000-6. UKAS ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited Certification Bodies for IT Service Management Systems will be aware that our assessments have included the criteria documented in IAF MD18: Application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 in the Service Management Sector (ISO/IEC 20000-1). More recently ...

     

  • Date posted: August 29, 2017

    This bulletin applies to Management Systems Certification to ISO 13485 for Medical Devices in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1. IAF MD 8 & IAF MD 9 were re-issued on 9th June 2017 with an application date of 9th June 2018. This communication identifies the steps needed to implement these new mandatory ...