On 7th June, UKAS and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) held a joint webinar for organisations interested in becoming Approved Bodies for the provision of the UKCA Mark.
The webinar, which included presentations by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Transport (DfT) as well as BEIS and UKAS, covered the implementation of the UKCA Mark as the new regime for placing goods on the GB market, as the CE Mark is phased out of use from the end of 2021.
The focus of the webinar was to:
- Create clarity on the requirements for UK Approved Bodies;
- Highlight opportunities for new Approved Bodies in sectors where existing Approved Body numbers is limited;
- Explain UKAS’ role as the National Accreditation Body and the accreditation process;
- Explain how to apply to become an Approved Body.
The presentations were followed by a 1-hour live Q&A session where attendees were able to submit questions to the panel. Although the majority of questions received a response on the day, all questions have been collated and are currently undergoing review in order to provide more comprehensive responses, including to those not covered during the event. This list shall be made available on the UKAS website in due course.
A copy of the presentation slides is available here. In addition, a full recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
Any organisation that is interested in either expanding its current UKAS scope of accreditation to become an Approved Body, or for applying to become accredited by UKAS for the first time with the intention of seeking appointment as an Approved Body, is strongly recommended to contact UKAS at the earliest opportunity to discuss your intentions – please contact [email protected]