» First accreditation granted for certification of supply chain security management systems

25 August, 2011

Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance (LRQA) has become the first certification body to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for ISO 28000 certification.

ISO 28000 (Specification for security management systems for the supply chain) has been developed by ISO in response to demand from industry for a standard to improve the security of supply chains. Following its acceptance by the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA), ISO 28000 has been added to the list of management systems that are covered by UKAS accreditation.

Upon receiving accredited status for ISO 28000 certification, Steve Williams, LRQA Deputy Technical Director said. “Most organisations rely in some way on the supply chain to ensure business continuity and are vulnerable if supplies are interrupted. LRQA is delighted to be the first UKAS accredited certification body for ISO 28000; this standard supports a risk-management approach to security and provides organisations with a foundation on which to build other complimentary initiative.”

LRQA’s accreditation demonstrates their compliance with the stringent requirements of ISO 28003 especially in respect of the security of information gained during 3rd party assessments, assessor clearances, technical expertise and overall competency.

Before granting accredited certification status for ISO 28000 to LRQA, UKAS conducted a programme of assessment visits to trial the approach to assessment against this standard. David Hayward, UKAS Accreditation Manager, Development said “Confidence in the security of supply chains is a vital element for a modern business, particularly in difficult economic times. UKAS is therefore delighted to have worked closely with industry to develop the processes it needs to demonstrate competence, and award the first accreditation in this area.”

Other certification bodies that wish to offer certification against ISO 28000 may now apply to UKAS to be assessed. For further information please contact David Hayward, UKAS Accreditation Manager, Development (david.hayward@ukas.com).