The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has welcomed the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as its newest and twentieth Member, following a positive vote at the UKAS AGM. UKAS is the government-appointed sole National Accreditation Body, whose role is to provide oversight of testing, certification and inspection organisations across the full spectrum of economic activity.
UKAS is a not-for-profit, non-profit-distributing independent company operating under an MoU held through BEIS, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, on behalf of government as a whole. As a company limited by guarantee, UKAS does not have shareholders but is instead governed by its Members, who provide strategic direction and are an important link to the sectors that UKAS serves. The other 19 Members are drawn from across government, business, professional institutions and customer groups, including BEIS, Health & Safety Executive, Ministry of Defence, CBI, Chartered Trading Standards Institute and Science Council.
Matt Gantley, UKAS CEO said: “This is an important moment for UKAS and CIC. It will cement our relationship and set the basis for strengthening the work we do to raise standards in the UK construction sector. UKAS Members are the ultimate governing body for UKAS, steering our strategy and focus, helping to raise standards in conformity assessment in the UK. We are delighted to welcome CIC as a Member and we look forward to building on our already-strong relationship”.
CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts OBE said: We welcome an extension of this significant affiliation with UKAS, which is an Associate member of CIC, and are delighted to be amongst the small but significant group of organisations that provide strategic direction for UKAS. We look forward to carrying on our work to raise standards within the Industry”.