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  • Date posted: March 9, 2009

    A pilot assessment has begun of a Department of Health (DH) scheme developed with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to assess the reliability of healthcare information. The Information Accreditation Scheme is designed to give an assurance that the process by which health and social care information has been prepared ...

     

  • Date posted: March 4, 2009

    In anticipation of the publication by the Forestry Commission in March 2010 of a Code of Good Practice for Forest Carbon Projects, UKAS is inviting expressions of interest from UK based certification bodies to participate in a pilot programme for accredited certification of carbon sequestration projects. The pilot will provide ...

     

  • Date posted: February 11, 2009

    In October 2008 the British Standards Institute (BSI) published a Publicly Available Specification, PAS 2050 `Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services’, and a related framework for product GHG emission and reduction claims, the ‘Code of Good Practice’, has been published by ...

     

  • Date posted: December 18, 2008

    Following some high profile scares regarding the safety of toys, the US authorities have mandated that certain testing activities must be carried out by an ILAC signatory accredited laboratory in order for the products to be placed in the US market. This is further recognition of the trust that continues ...

     

  • Date posted: December 4, 2008

    Speakers at the latest UKAS Think Tank “Quality and Equality – Standards for A Modern Society” concluded that progress on equality will only be made if companies and regulators alike focussed more on what they needed to achieve rather than methodology. There was consensus that accreditation is a good way ...

     

  • Date posted: October 28, 2008

    UKAS is working with the Department of Health and other bodies such as Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the UK Healthcare sector and e-learning for Health on the feasibility of developing a pathology Point of Care Testing (POCT) accreditation system. This will involve determining the competences that ...

     

  • Date posted: July 15, 2008

    On 1 st July 2008 the Environment Agency published the new MCERTS standard: Performance Standard for Organisations Undertakingthe Sampling and Chemical Testing of Water. Part 1- Sampling and ChemicalTesting of untreated sewage, treated sewage effluents and trade effluents. Available via http://www.mcerts.net/ Similar to the current MCERTS schemes for air emissions ...

     

  • Date posted: June 9, 2008

    The EA has interviewed Jacques McMillan, Head of Unit, DG Enterprise, European Commission, about the new European Regulation that will, for the first time, provide a legal framework for the provision of accreditation services across Europe. Please click here to read the interview in full.

     

  • Date posted: April 16, 2008

    The requirements for organisations conducting the quality assurance of automated measurement systems are detailed in BS EN 14181:2004 Stationary Source Emissions – Quality Assurance of Automated Measuring Systems. Where relevant this activity is regulated by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has entered into discussions with UKAS with respect to ...