If you are responsible for ensuring your business is certified to ISO 9001; ISO 14001; ISO 13485; AS9100; ATEX or ISO 45001 make sure the certification body you use is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS is the only accreditation body recognised by the UK government to assess certification bodies against internationally recognised standards. This ensures the certification body is fit for purpose. UKAS accredited certification bodies are recognised world-wide and an increasing number of customers are insisting on UKAS accredited certification. However, being certified by a non UKAS accredited certification body is perfectly legal, but there’s a risk of dealing with a company who may not be competent. More importantly, you may end up spending money on a scheme which your customers do not recognise and/or which does not add value to your business.
For further information about the benefits of using UKAS accredited Certification Bodies click on the “Why Risk It?” link below.