Who are UKAS?
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) operates on behalf of the Government under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and accredits (approves) Certification Bodies, test laboratories and inspection bodies as conforming to European or International standards.
What purpose does UKAS serve?
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of the Certification Body. It ensures that organisations like SSAIB operate in an appropriate manner, promoting quality and improving competitiveness. In essence, UKAS is the body that ‘checks the checkers’.
Certification Bodies accredited by UKAS must have in place a structure which allows the involvement of all significantly concerned parties and which ensures the impartiality of the certification process. This is usually through some kind of Committee or Board, where the stakeholders are represented in such a way that no single interest predominates.
SSAIB is managed by Boards comprising significantly interested stakeholders.