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Accreditation: Supporting safe food and clean drinking water
Food and water safety is an essential part of everyday life. UKAS accreditation ensures that consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers 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 products and water are safe for consumption.
Samples, products, services, management systems or personnel can be evaluated against specified requirements by laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Conformity assessment is used to check that products are fit and safe for consumption against a standard, a code of practice or regulatory requirements.
UKAS accredits food and water testing laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories against a wide range of chemical and microbiological scopes. The range of accredited scopes also includes packaging and environmental testing, sensory analysis, plant health, and veterinary microbiology.
UKAS accredits certification bodies to provide compliance to food and water companies throughout the supply chain. These include UK Food Quality Assurance schemes, Red Tractor Assurance Schemes, BRC global standards, GlobalGAP Integrated Farm Assurance, the Label Rouge Product certification scheme, Organic certification and HACCP. UKAS also accredits certification bodies to provide Food Safety Management Systems Certification to ISO 22000.
Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection throughout the supply chain in the provision of safe food and clean drinking water. This includes the inspection of pre-shipment, plant health, meat and slaughterhouses, and hotels.
UKAS accredits Proficiency Testing (PT) Providers for a range of chemistry and microbiological schemes to ISO/IEC 17043: Conformity assessment - General requirements for proficiency testing. These schemes involve food and water components, contamination and authenticity.
UKAS accredits Reference Material Producers (RMP) to ISO Guide 34 (currently in the process of being replaced by ISO 17034) for a number of materials including drinks, foodstuffs, animal feed, herbal medicines, and water.
- Directory of accredited organisations
- The benefits of accreditation
- Route to accreditation
- How to apply
- The benefit of using an accredited laboratory to carry out food testing
- Why leave your certification to chance?
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