UKAS is proud to have published its Annual Report for the financial year 2021/2022.
Building on last year’s new format, the Annual Report contains a range of articles that reflect on UKAS’s activities and demonstrate the value accreditation brings to many areas of society. All articles share a common theme of technical rigour, individually examining aspects of how it is embodied, applied and delivered by accreditation.
The report contains articles from the UKAS Executive on the potential impact of digitisation, striking a balance between remote and on-site assessments, and on the lessons learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy. You will also find more detailed information on the work carried out by UKAS, its partners and its customers in transitioning to new standards and schemes, such as laboratory testing and the UKCA regime.
UKAS is pleased to include articles from external contributors on a range of important topics. The Office for Product Safety and Standards takes a look at how product regulation and accreditation need to evolve in line with societal and technological change. The Forensic Science Regulator outlines the role of accreditation in managing forensic incidents and delivering his new statutory Codes of Conduct. The International Accreditation Forum examines the future for mutual recognition and international collaboration in light of global political and environmental challenges. The Independent International Organisation for Certification has provided an article on the maintenance of technical rigour during the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
UKAS thanks all contributors for sharing their thoughts and insights. This has enabled us to give a holistic overview of the diverse activities carried out by the National Accreditation Body in a year in which, despite both continuing and new challenges, a great deal of progress has been made.