EffecTech® has been awarded its four ISO accreditations by UKAS, which is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. UKAS is an independent body recognised by the government to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services against internationally agreed standards.
For more information, see www.ukas.com
Accreditation by UKAS means that evaluators (testing and calibration laboratories, and certification and inspection bodies) have been rigorously assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability. 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.
Once accreditation is achieved, standards are maintained through yearly UKAS surveillance visits, where assessors review the formal processes required by the standard to ensure they are still being applied and are fit for purpose. Organisations must undergo a full reassessment every four years to retain their accreditations.
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.
UKAS is the UK’s signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). For more information, see http://ilac.org