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Accreditation: providing re-assurance and confidence that products are certified and quality tested against defined criteria to ensure consistency of performance is achieved
Confidence in the market place and in public services is essential. Trust is placed in the products and services on offer often without a second thought by the customer, such are the regulations and standards against which products are manufactured and services provided.
There are many duties placed on government departments, local authorities and other agencies to ensure that trust is maintained. Whether it is regarding health food, children’s toys, consumer goods or transport safety, accreditation provides the framework for assuring that goods and services are safe and the environment we live in is secure.
Companies big and small buy independent evaluations either through choice (to reduce the risk of product failure for example) or as a consequence of legal requirements (such as health and safety regulations). Most commonly these evaluations involve calibration of equipment, product testing, inspection of equipment and certification of quality management systems.
UKAS accredits Laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories for a wide range of products and materials. This provides confidence to manufacturers, distributors and retailers that testing is carried out competently and impartially to internationally agreed standards. UKAS accreditation also opens up overseas trade as it is recognised in over 80 economies. Product safety testing covers a diverse range of materials and includes children’s cots and components, toys & toy packaging, prams, bicycles, sport and leisure, textiles, leather goods, ceramic and glass wear and articles intended for use with food as well products used in the construction industry.
UKAS accredits certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17065 – General requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services across a wide range of products and materials. This provides confidence that the certified products meet requirements specified in product standards and schemes. Using an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification body ensures that the products have been assessed in a robust, competent and impartial manner.
Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020: 2012 – Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection across a diverse area of industry, including construction, building and lifting equipment, toys, lift machinery and electrical products to ensure product and plant safety.
- Directory of accredited organisations
- The benefits of accreditation
- Route to accreditation
- How to apply