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Accredited testing, certification and inspection provides assurance that waste management and its recycling is being effectively managed.

The ever increasing demand to reduce the impact of waste on the environment is a key focus for many organisations. Accredited testing, certification and inspection provides consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers with assurance that waste management and its recycling is being effectively managed. These services also provide Government and Regulators with assurance that Directives are being met and evidence of compliance is reliable.

Waste management and recycling services can be evaluated against specified requirements by certification and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Accreditation is the independent evaluation of these conformity assessment bodies against recognised standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their integrity, impartiality and competence.

Accredited Laboratory Testing to ISO/IEC 17025

UKAS accredits testing and calibration laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. UKAS accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically to determine technical competence. Laboratory accreditation assesses factors relevant to a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate tests and data including the technical competence of staff, the validity and appropriateness of test methods, the suitability and maintenance of test equipment, the testing environment, sampling, handling and transportation of test items, and the quality assurance of test data.

Accredited testing is carried out on a number of products including recycled oil, waste water, contaminated land and soil being re-used for building development.

Accredited Inspection Programmes

Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection for activities that have an environmental impact including the manufacture of paper, wood containers, flat glass, bricks, ceramic tiles, coke and refined petroleum. Within the marine industry accredited inspection is carried out to ensure the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

Accredited Certification Schemes: Management of Waste

UKAS accredits certification bodies to provide certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification (EMS) and Energy Management Systems (EnMS) to ISO 50001. These certification schemes are underpinned by ISO 9001 Quality Management System which provides a foundation for consistency of procedures across the business.

Accredited Certification Schemes: Improving Environmental Performance

Accreditation is also provided for the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), Waste Management, EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), Greenhouse Gas Verification and Green Deal assessors and installers. These schemes assist organisations in the improvement of environmental performance. EMAS encourages organisations to continuously improve their environmental performance and incorporates ISO 14001; resulting outcomes of these schemes is a reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions and innovation in recycling and composting opportunities, which ultimately reduces negative impacts on the environment. 

Further Certification Schemes are in place that enable organisations to reduce their impact on the environment.  These include Waste Regulations: Regulation 333/2011 establishes criteria determining when certain types of scrap metal cease to be waste under Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.  A key requirement of this is for applicable waste producers/processors to develop and maintain a Quality Management System certified by an accredited Certification Body (CB).

UKAS offers the accreditation required for this purpose where CBs can demonstrate that they meet the requirements as follows:

  • ISO/IEC 17021 covering IAF/EA codes 17 for metals processing and 24 for the recycling of metal waste;
  • Can demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of the Regulation

Accredited Proficiency Testing Schemes

UKAS accredits Proficiency Testing (PT) Providers for a range of environmentally related activities including drinking waters, industrial waste water, effluent, agricultural soils and sediments.

Accredited Reference Material Producers

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 waters, soils, sediments, fuel and their by-products.


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