» The Role of the Independent Technical Assessor
The Role of the Independent Technical Assessor
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide conformity assessment activities including certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
UKAS follows a clearly defined and detailed process to reach accreditation decisions. A key element of the process is to carry out an assessment aimed at determining the technical competence and capability of an organisation to undertake a defined scope of activities.
- The processes or techniques they are assessing
- The type of business processes and systems relevant to the organisation being assessed
- The underlying principles surrounding quality assurance and quality management
Our Independent Technical Assessors are offered work with UKAS on a third party sub-contract basis. The quantity of work available depends on the needs of the business and UKAS cannot guarantee an amount of work to be offered. Payment is made on the basis of a daily fee and includes preparation and post-visit activities as well as on-site assessments.
Independent Technical Assessors must hold appropriate Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover of normally at least £1 million each.
Training is provided in the relevant accreditation standards and once trained and authorised as competent UKAS will pay an agreed rate for work undertaken. Where travel and subsistence is reasonably required this will be reimbursed in accordance with HMRC guidelines. An agreement will need to be signed prior to services being used.