Jon Murthy, marketing manager at The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), explains why manufacturers should always look for UKAS accreditation from their testing and calibration partners. 

 

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Accreditation is internationally recognised as a robust, independent declaration of an organisation’s competence; the validity and suitability of methods; the appropriateness of equipment and facilities; and ongoing assurance through internal quality control.  Rather than being a one off ‘congratulations, you’ve passed’ test, accreditation is a continuous activity operated on a four yearly cycle of annual assessment visits.  The assessment process itself is rigorous and measured against internationally recognised standards and industry-established best practices.  

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the UK. Its role is to check that organisations providing certification, testing, inspection and calibration services are meeting a required standard of performance.  In 2016 UKAS conducted over 20,000 assessment days for nearly 3,000 customers, the majority of which are laboratories.  Using accredited services helps to maintain the public’s confidence that products and services will perform as specified.

Unlike general quality management certification, which relates to the organisation as a whole, organisations receive accreditation for specific activities.  Testing and calibration laboratories are accredited by UKAS against ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.  The testing activities themselves are tightly defined, so it is advisable to check a laboratory’s schedule of accreditation (freely searchable on the UKAS website) to make sure it is accredited for the relevant test.

In addition to providing customers with the necessary confidence in the goods and services they procure, using accredited services can open doors to previously closed markets; many organisations, in both the public and private sectors, are specifying accreditation (or the use of) as a precondition to tendering for contracts.  The potentially expanded market reaches across international borders, as over 90 different economies throughout the world are signatories to mutual recognition agreements.  This ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere’ approach reduces barriers to trade for UK companies that either source or sell their services abroad.  Not only is this good for business, but it also provides an element of certainty in uncertain political and economic times.

Test LabStandard/Specifications/Techniques Used as listed on Schedules of Accreditation
  BS 6807 BS 7177:2008 + A1 2011 BS EN 597-1/-2:1995 BS 7176:2007 + A1: 2011 BS7171:1989 (1994) BS EN ISO 12952 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations: 1988 BS 5852 BS EN 1021-1/02 BS 5651 BS1425 IMO FTP Code BS 7175:1989
John Cotton Group Ltd                                                  UKAS accreditation: 2135
Nature of business (SIC) 13950: Manufacture of non-wovens and articles made from non-wovens, except apparel.
Address: Nunbrook Mills, Mirfield,West Yorkshire,
United Kingdom, WF14 0EH
Telephone: +44 (0)1924 496571
Website: www.johncotton.co.uk
2006 (Except Section 3) Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes Yes Parts 1 & 2: 2010 Schedule 1, Parts 1-3; Schedule 2, Parts 1-4; Schedules 3, 4 and 5; SI 1324:1988; and SI 207:1993 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 2006 Annexe E 2006: Both 1978: Clause 4.5 as amended by
Furniture &
Furnishings (Fire)
(Safety) Regs 1988
Part 1: 1991    
TFT (Ilkley) Ltd                                                                 UKAS accreditation number: 1801
Nature of business (SIC) 74909: Other professional, scientific and technical activities not elsewhere classified.
Address: The Sidings Business Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire,
United Kingdom, BD23 1TB
Telephone: +44 (0)1756 792525
Website: www.testingfortextiles.co.uk
2006; 1986, Sections 2 and 4 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Parts 1 & 2: 2010 SI 1324:1988; SI 2358:1989 (Amd) Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 2006 Annexe E 2006: Both 1979: Clause 4   2010: Parts 7 & 8 Yes
FIRA International Ltd                                                      UKAS accreditation number: 0174
Nature of business (SIC): 71122 - Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities; 71200 - Technical testing and analysis
Address: Maxwell Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom, SG1 2EW
Telephone: +44 (0)1438 777700
Website: www.fira.co.uk 
2006 (Except Section 3 Full Size) Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes     Shedule 1, Parts 1-3; Schedule 2, Parts 1-4; Schedule 3, Schedule 4, Parts 1-2; Schedule 5, Parts 1-3; SI 1324:1988; and SI 207:1993 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 2006 Annexe E 2006: Both; 2014: Both Section 4      
SGS Leicester                                                                   UKAS accreditation number: 2001
Nature of business (SIC): 71200 - Technical testing and analysis
Address: Cambridge Road, Whetstone, Leicester,
United Kingdom, LE8 6LH
Telephone: +44 (0)116 284 6780
Website: www.sgsleicester.com
2006 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Part 1: 2010; Part 2 2011   Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982         Yes
UL VS Ltd                                                                         UKAS accreditation number: 0616
Nature of business (SIC): 71200 - Technical testing and analysis
Address: Eskdale Road, Winnersh, 530/535, Reading ,
United Kingdom, RG41 5TS
Telephone: +44(0)118 927 3340
Website: www.ul.com/consumer.products
            Schedules 1-5     Clause 4.5 as amended by
Furniture &
Furnishings (Fire)
(Safety) Regs 1988
     
ITS Testing Services (UK) Limited (Leigh)                      UKAS accreditation number: 1516
Nature of business (SIC): 71200 - Technical testing and analysis
Address: The Warehouse, Brewery Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, ,
United Kingdom, WN7 2RJ
Telephone: +44 (0)1942 265700
Website: www.intertek.com
1996; 2006 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2; 2015: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   1999: Parts 1,4; Parts 1 & 2: 2010 SL 1324: 1988 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 2006 Annexe E 2006: Both; 2014: Both 1978; 1989 Part1 Appendix B :1991
(excluding disintigrating filters)
2010: Parts 7, 8 & 9 Yes
Textiles F.R. Ltd                                                             UKAS accreditation number: 1413
Nature of business (SIC): 13300 - Finishing of textiles
Address: Unit 4B (30), Wharfedale Road, Euroway Trading Estate, Bradford, West Yorkshire,
United Kingdom, BD4 6SG
Telephone: +44 (0)1274 651230
Website: www.textilesfr.co.uk
              Part 1: 1979; 2006 Annexe E   1978; 1989   2010: Part 8 Section 3 (Sources 0, 1 and 5 only) 
SGS CSTC Standards Technical Services Co Ltd UKAS accreditation number: 4417
Address: 301# Sunlight Road, 2 Block, Sunlight Industrial Zone, Anji County, Zhejiang Province,
China, 313300
(Various UK branches)
Telephone: +86 572 501 8828
Website: www.sgsgroup.com.cn/en
1996; 2006; (Clause 9, Sources 5 &
7)
Yes 2015: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Parts 1 & 2: 2010 Shedule 1, Parts 1-3; Schedule 2, Parts 1-4; Schedule 3, Schedule 4, Parts 1-2; Schedule 5, Parts 1-3; SI 1324:1988; and SI 207:1993 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 2006 Annexe E 2014: Both 1978: Clause 4.5 as amended by
Furniture &
Furnishings (Fire)
(Safety) Regs 1988
     
Solvay Solutions UK Ltd                                               UKAS accreditation number: 1154
Nature of business (SIC): 20590 - Manufacture of other chemical products not elsewhere classified
Address: Flame Retardants, PO Box 7870,FADP Building, Oldbury, West Midlands,
United Kingdom, B69 4HX
Telephone: +44 (0)121 541 3368
Website: www.solvay.com
2006 (Except Section 3) Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Parts 1 & 2: 2010              
Bureau Veritas Shenzhen Co., Ltd                               UKAS accreditation number: 4732
Address: Bureau Veritas, Consumer Products Services (Shenzhen),4th Floor, Block B, Minlida Industrial Building,4th Zone of Honghualing Industrial Park, Xili Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen,
People’s Republic of China.
(Various UK branches)
Telephone: +86 00 755 86000151
Website: www.cps.bureauveritas.com
2006 (Section 2: Sources 5 & 7) Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2; 2015: Parts 1 & 2 Yes     Shedule 1, Parts 1-3; Schedule 2, Parts 1-4; Schedule 3, Part 2; Schedule 4, Parts 1-2; Schedule 5, Parts 1-3 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982 2006: Both; 2014: Both        
West Yorkshire Materials Testing Service (a part of West Yorkshire Joint Services)                              UKAS accreditation number: 1104
Nature of business (SIC): 96090 - Other service activities not elsewhere classified
Address: Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds,
United Kingdom, LS27 7JQ
Telephone: +44 (0)113 393 9790
Website: www.mat.wyjs.org.uk
2006; 1986, Section 4 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Parts 1 & 2: 2010 1988 and Amendment Regulations 1989, 1993, 2010 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982 2014: Both 1978; 1989   2010: Parts 7, 8, 9 Yes
Shirley Technologies Limited                                      UKAS accreditation number: 1066
Nature of business (SIC): 74909 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities not elsewhere classified
Address: Wira House, West Park Ring Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, ,
United Kingdom, LS16 6QL
Telephone: +44 (0)161 869 1610
Website: www.shirleytech.co.uk
2006 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2 Yes       Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982 2014: Both 1978; 1989 1991: Parts 1 & 2 2010: Parts 5, 7, 8, 9 Yes
Intertek Testing Services Ltd, Shanghai UKAS accreditation number: 2710
Nature of business (SIC): 70100 - Activities of head offices
Address: 2nd Floor, Building No 4,Shanghai Comalong Industrial Park,889 Yi Shan Road, Shanghai,
CHINA, 200233
Telephone: +88 21 6091 7064
Website: www.intertek-labtest.com/
              Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982          
Interscience Communications Ltd                             UKAS accreditation number: 2294
Nature of business (SIC): 72190 - Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Address: Building 63,Haslar Marine Technology Park,Haslar Road,Gosport, Hampshire,
United Kingdom, PO12 2AG
Telephone: +44 (0)208 692 5050
Website: www.intercomm.dial.pipex.com
1990; 1996; 2006     Yes     SI: 1324: 1988 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982; 1990; 2006 2006: Both     2010: Parts 5, 6 Yes
SATRA Technology Centre Ltd                                    UKAS accreditation number: 0248
Nature of business (SIC): 72190 - Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering; 74909 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities not elsewhere classified
Address: Wyndham Way, Telford Way Industrial Estate, Kettering,
United Kingdom, NN16 8SD
Telephone: +44 (0)1536 410000 | Website: http://http://www.satra.co.uk
2006: Section 9 Yes 1995: Parts 1 & 2; 2015: Parts 1 & 2 Yes   Parts 1 & 2: 2010 Shedule 1, Parts 1-3; Schedule 2, Parts 1-4; Schedule 3, Schedule 4, Parts 1-2; Schedule 5, Parts 1-3 Part 1: 1979; Part 2:1982 2006: Both; 2014: Both 1978: Clause 4.5   05/05/17

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