» BIS issues guidance to UK businesses on provision of certification

10 February, 2012

In response to a letter written by the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB) regarding the legality, under Regulation (EC) 765/2008, of UK organisations either providing certification without being accredited or those that claim to be accredited by an organisation other than UKAS, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a statement on its website to clarify its position.

Referring to the BIS accreditation and conformity assessment policy, the statement confirms that BIS:

  • encourages Conformity Assessment Bodies to be accredited by UKAS as the National Accreditation Body.
  • encourages UK businesses, Government and local authorities requiring third party conformity assessment services to source such services, where they exist, from conformity assessment bodies accredited by UKAS.

It further states that “Accreditation” within the meaning of the Regulation can only be obtained (in the UK) from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service by virtue of the Regulation.

The statement also clarifies that any organisation that is suggesting it is accredited in the sense of the Regulation when they are not is likely to be guilty of an offence under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (Statutory Instrument 2008/1276).

The full statement can be viewed on the BIS website:
http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/innovation/standardisation/non-accredited-certification