Health & Social Care
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Health have released a joint policy agreement on accreditation formally recognising UKAS and its role within the health and social care sector.
The policy agreement highlights that “Accreditation increases trust in conformity assessment and thus reinforces the mutual recognition of products, processes, services, systems, persons and bodies across the EU”. It goes on to state that where new quality assurance schemes are planned in the NHS or social care, particularly where there is interest in schemes awarding certification or accreditation, their initiators should work with UKAS from an early stage to ensure that the schemes are sufficiently rigorous to meet EU and UK accreditation requirements.
For further details please visit: https://www.gov.uk/accreditation-and-conformity-assessment-guidance-for-business-and-government-departments