» UKAS extends IAF Signatory Status

22 April, 2018

The European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) has been recognised by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to expand its signatory status to include Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), Information Security Management Systems Certification (ISMS), Energy Management Systems (EnMS) and Medical Devices Quality Management Systems Certification. As a consequence, UKAS is now formally an IAF signatory to the IAF MLA for these sub-scopes. This is reflected on the IAF website, which now lists the following under the UKAS entry:

IAF MLA - UKAS

Main scopes:

  • Management system certification - ISO/IEC 17021-1
  • Product certification - ISO/IEC 17065 - 09 Oct 2004
  • Certifications of persons - ISO/IEC 17024 - 20 Oct 2016

Sub scopes:

Level 4

  • MS: ISO/IEC TS 17021-3 - 22 Jan 1998
  • MS: ISO/IEC TS 17021-2 - 09 Oct 2004
  • Product: GlobalG.A.P. IFA General Regulations - 22 May 2014
  • MS: ISO/TS 22003 - 05 Apr 2018
  • MS: ISO/IEC 27006 - 05 Apr 2018
  • MS: ISO/TS 50003 - 05 Apr 2018

Level 5

  • MS: ISO 9001 - 22 Jan 1998
  • MS: ISO 14001 - 09 Oct 2004
  • Product: GlobalG.A.P. IFA CPCCs - 22 May 2014
  • MS: ISO 22000 - 05 Apr 2018
  • MS: ISO/IEC 27001 - 05 Apr 2018
  • MS: ISO 50001 - 05 Apr 2018
  • MS: ISO 13485 - 05 Apr 2018

This represents good news for UK businesses as it allows UKAS accredited certificates to be recognised and accepted around the world. This lowers the cost of accredited certification and reduces the risk of goods or services being rejected by international trading partners.