UKAS Monitors Competence & Quality
Certification bodies commit to an on-going accreditation regime that tests the competence of their auditors and the overall quality of their service.
UKAS Ensures Impartiality
UKAS ensures Certification Bodies and Consultants work impartially together, with rules to ensure that certification auditors cannot assess their own work.
Therefore, you can be assured that UKAS Accredited Certification bodies are assessing your management system without bias or incentive; and thus awarding the certificate based on objective evidence.
UKAS is Recognised by the UK Government
UKAS is appointed as the national accreditation body by Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI No 3155/2009) and the EU Regulation (EC) 765/2008 and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
UKAS has International Links
If you have branches or customers outside the UK, having a UKAS accredited certificate provides better international credibility through a global network.
Read more about International Accreditation Bodies.
What Does ISO Say?
ISO, who develop these international standards, does not provide certification however through their Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) they establish the standards for certification bodies to use. They also say this about accreditation:
Accreditation is not compulsory, and non-accreditation does not necessarily mean it is not reputable, but it does provide independent confirmation of competence. To find an accredited certification body, contact the national accreditation body in your country or visit the International Accreditation Forum.
Read more from ISO About Certification.
UKAS Certificates Have Value
Certificates can be (fairly) easily transferred between accredited bodies, as the certificate has a value. All certification bodies work to the same standard.