The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally recognised standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and sustainable performance of these evaluators.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing company, limited by guarantee, and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
There are over 500 accredited calibration and over 1500 accredited testing laboratories.
For further information about the range of UKAS activities, click here.
UKAS is a member of the National Measurement Partnership (NMP), a programme initiated by DTI's National Measurement System Policy Unit. The programme aims to develop a number of processes and an organisational infrastructure for the National Measurement Partnership, with the following specific objectives:
- Increase the uptake of accredited measurement in the UK
- Increase the qualified skill base in metrology
- Increase measurement users' access to measurement experts
For further information on the NMP, click here.
UKAS is a member of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).