» Our Structure

UKAS is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. It is independent of Government, and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government, through the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

UKAS was appointed as the National Accreditation Body by the Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI No 3155/2009) which implements EU Regulation (EC) 765/2008.

Management and Technical Expertise

UKAS’ strategic direction is managed by a Board of Non-Executive and Executive Directors who come from different areas of business and industry. UKAS works closely with government and Regulators to ensure that standards are upheld and innovation is encouraged. 

UKAS’ expertise and professional status within the world of accreditation is underpinned by the specialist knowledge of its staff. With an overall aim of providing the highest level of service and specialist expertise to customers, UKAS' staff strive to make continuous improvements within the areas of accreditation, certification, testing and inspection.

In addition to the permanent staff base, UKAS is able to call on the resource of independent technical assessors who provide additional expertise and insight. They are specialists within their own sector domain, whether that is in the field of healthcare, engineering, construction, environmental, energy or forensic science.

External Input and Advice

Instead of shareholders, UKAS has Members who have an interest in all aspects of accreditation, whether that is related to national and local government, business and industry, quality managers, purchasers and users of accreditation services.

With regards to policy matters, UKAS takes advice from a Policy Advisory Forum and Council made up of major stakeholder representatives. As far as technical matters are concerned, advice is taken from a series of Technical Committees who meet as required.

The International Structure

Accreditation operates within an international system, and UKAS has signed a number of international agreements, which help to lower barriers to trade by ensuring international acceptance of certificates issued under the umbrella of UKAS accreditation. In particular, UKAS is a signatory to the EA (European co-operation for Accreditation) mutual recognition agreements. Maintenance of mutual recognition status is subject to regular peer evaluation, to accepted international standards.

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