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UKAS Accredited

WHY ACCREDITED EVALUATION?

Usually the reason for getting something independently evaluated is to confirm it meets specific requirements in order to reduce risks. Obvious examples are product failure, health risks, company reputation or to meet legal or customer requirements. Anything or anyone can be evaluated - products, equipment, people, management systems or organisations.

Accreditation by UKAS means that evaluators i.e. testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability.

It is the ability to distinguish between a proven, competent evaluator that ensures that the selection of a laboratory, certification or inspection body is an informed choice and not a gamble. UKAS accreditation means the evaluator can show to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards. This means that the customer reduces the risk of selecting an incompetent evaluator and paying for, or more seriously, acting upon invalid results.


BUYING WITH CONFIDENCE

Trust is placed with suppliers in a variety of ways: past experience, recommendation, brand preference and so on. The greater the familiarity the more confident the purchasing decision. In today's large competitive business market it isn't always possible to buy from 'known' sources. Reassurance is needed to maintain trading confidence. Independent evaluation is the principle source of this reassurance and such confidence is underpinned by UKAS accreditation.

Accreditation by UKAS benefits its direct customers, their customers and purchasers by building confidence in a range of suppliers and enabling choice. It also encourages free, but trustworthy markets, enabling innovation and reduced regulation.

Ministry of Defence

Accreditation by UKAS ensures that conformity assessment bodies have been independently evaluated for their competence, impartiality and performance capability. The MoD requires that degree of confidence if it is to rely on third party certification of its suppliers. It therefore prefers that the certification has been undertaken by a certification body accredited by UKAS or a signatory to the IAF MLA.


REDUCING RISK - THE BENEFITS OF INDEPENDENT EVALUATION

Almost since Benjamin Disraeli declared that "elevating the condition of the people" was a responsibility of government, a framework has evolved to create confidence in the market place and in our public services. 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.

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 are calibration of equipment, product testing, inspection of equipment and certification of quality management systems.

Too many of Britain's companies run the risk of undermining their long-term success by purchasing independent evaluations that are not UKAS accredited.

Ian Handford, Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

If a small business chooses to take the certification route we are strongly in favour that they select a certification body carrying UKAS accreditation.

 

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Risk Associated

UKAS Accredited

The risks associated with not using UKAS accredited evaluators include:

  • Product failure as result of relying on invalid test results
  • Increased costs caused by inaccurate measurement (as a consequence of poorly calibrated equipment)
  • Legal action arising from inadequately inspected equipment resulting in accidents
  • Rejected tenders and orders by not being able to support products claims with a UKAS accredited certificate or test report

Accreditation by UKAS also brings benefits :

  • Due diligence; using a UKAS accredited body to carry out an independent evaluation helps demonstrate due diligence in the event of legal action
  • Accredited testing and calibration laboratories are a superb source of impartial advice and knowledge

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