UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) set out 14 proposals for future accreditation, under the National Forum for Conformity Assessment, at a sounding-board meeting held in London last month.
UKAS, formed in 1995 from NAMAS and the NACCB, set out the aims of the revised proposals as restoring the credibility of some ISO 9000 certifications, plus allowing more flexibility for private certification bodies, such as Sira. Key change is the scope of the bodies, making them more responsive to industry needs.
There have been instances in the past of accreditation’s being carried out in the Netherlands and elsewhere due to backlogs and `bureaucracy’ in the UK.
UKAS is also scrapping its basic levy on members using its logos. Formal approval for the proposals is planned for 1st April. For copies of the report tel Francis Russell on 0181 913 6269.