Accreditation: Underpinning safe engineering projects and practices
The Engineering industry is under growing pressure from Government and society to comply with a number of regulations in the field of quality, health and safety and environmental protection.
UKAS accreditation ensures that consumers, suppliers, purchasers and regulators can have confidence in the quality and safety of goods, and in the provision of services throughout the supply chain. UKAS accreditation demonstrates that all aspects of this process can be evaluated, ensuring public safety and providing assurance that engineering projects are carried out safely.
UKAS accredits Inspection bodies to ISO/IEC 17020: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection to deliver services that can confirm legal compliance or safe practice.
UKAS accreditation covers the inspection of energy installations (including the nuclear new build programme), manufacturing plants, gas pipelines, oil and gas metering, new pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment, lifting equipment, the carriage of dangerous goods, welding, offshore inspection, cargo inspection and pre-shipment inspection.
UKAS accredits testing laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories to ensure the integrity of materials used in engineering products. These include materials such as metals, alloys, gases, chemical and fuels.
UKAS also accredits calibration laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 to ensure their competence in providing accurate measurements to the engineering sector. Accreditation covers areas such as temperature and humidity, pressure, vacuum and flow, magnetics, density, dimensional, force, hardness, mass and volume.
UKAS provides accreditation for organisations seeking appointment by a UK competent authority under EC Directives or UK Regulations. In the engineering sector, UKAS accredits organisations in the following areas:
- Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors
- Personal protective equipment
- Pressure equipment
- Simple pressure vessels
- Carriage of dangerous goods by rail or road
- Interoperability of rail
- Inspection of tanks for carriage of dangerous goods
UKAS accredits certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17021; Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems to provide certification in a range of areas that are relevant to businesses operating in the engineering sector.
These include ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS), ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification (EMS), ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (EnMS), ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management systems (BCM), OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management systems (OHSAS), and ISO 28000 Supply Chain Security Management Systems (SCSMS).
- Directory of accredited organisations
- Route to accreditation
- How to apply
- The benefits of accreditation
- Apply to be a notified body