13 July 2018 (Friday) - UKAS Update


The UKAS people sent their quarterly update today. I’m sure they used to come more frequently than that…



Engaging with Government at the House of Lords

UKAS and BSI hosted another successful reception for public contacts at the House of Lords on Monday 25 June 2018. Over 120 officials from a broad range of departments were present to hear from guest speaker, Baroness Neville-Rolfe.
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Insurer publishes report into value of standards and accreditation

AIRMIC has published a white paper on the value that standards and accredited conformity assessment can play in the management of risk which states that there is plenty of evidence that organisations perform better when they adopt voluntary quality standards.
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UKAS Strategy 2018-2021

UKAS reflects on the 2013-2018 strategy period, which came to end in March 2018, and outlines its new strategy for the period 2018-2021.
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Supporting UK business in a post-Brexit world

A new leaflet has been produced setting out the requirements for accreditation and conformity assessment in the Brexit process and is being distributed to a wide range of Government Ministers and officials.
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Electronic Certificates of Accreditation

Following consultation with stakeholders, UKAS plans to stop providing hard copy certificates of accreditation and provide electronic certificates of accreditation to all customers.
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UKAS reaches landmark 60th accreditation for IQIPS

In April 2018, UKAS granted accreditation to the 60th organisation for the IQIPS programme. The Outside Clinic was granted accreditation for its adult audiology services, making it the first solely domiciliary service provider to be awarded UKAS accreditation for IQIPS.
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UKAS at Lab Innovations 2018

Lab Innovations returns to Birmingham in October . UKAS will be exhibiting to showcase laboratory accreditation and the key role it plays for testing and calibration laboratories. 
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Antenatal and Newborn screening requirements as part of ISO 15189 assessments

A progress update on the development of a process for including the Public Health England (PHE) Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) screening requirements into routine ISO 15189 assessment activities. 
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Results of UKAS Stakeholder Survey

A short online survey was developed and sent out to UKAS stakeholders in December 2017. The results from this survey have now been collated and reviewed.
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Accreditation – delivering a safer world

World Accreditation Day took place on June 9th and was celebrated in over 90 economies. This years theme focussed on how accreditation helps to deliver a safer world. 

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Opportunities for CBs in the Food Sector

The IAF and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have entered into a new partnership as part of an ongoing strategy to strengthen collaboration for the benefit of consumers worldwide. 
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Business Improvement Forum

ISO and IAF will be hosting a joint session to look at ways of improving the value of certification. The session will take place in Singapore in October 2018.
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Expansion of EA Multilateral Agreement

UKAS applied to be in the first tranche of accreditation bodies to become a signatory for the new MLA covering accreditation of Reference Material (RM) Producers and the peer evaluation visit took place during the week of 11th June 2018. 
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Appointment of new UKAS CEO

In May 2018 Lord Lindsay, UKAS Chairman, announced the appointment of Matt Gantley as the new UKAS Chief Executive. Matt will succeed Paul Stennett MBE and commence his duties at UKAS from 1st September 2018.
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OHSAS migration

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease and 153 people experience a work-related injury; this presents an enormous burden on organisations and society. To combat this problem, ISO developed ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use.
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UKAS training services

Have you ever considered attending a UKAS training course? UKAS training courses can accommodate many different training needs and it’s now even easier to book using our online booking service.
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ISO seeks feedback on ISO/IEC 17025:2017

ISO/CASCO is seeking feedback from testing and calibration laboratories on the 2017 version of ISO/IEC 17025. This will help prepare their first analysis of the feedback one year post publication of the revised standard.
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In this issue
UKAS Strategy 2018-2021
Supporting UK business in a post-Brexit world
Electronic Certificates of Accreditation
UKAS reaches landmark 60th accreditation for IQIPS
UKAS at Lab Innovations 2018
Antenatal and Newborn screening requirements as part of ISO 15189 assessments
Results of UKAS Stakeholder Survey
Accreditation – delivering a safer world
Opportunities for CBs in the Food Sector
Business Improvement Forum
Expansion of EA Multilateral Agreement
Appointment of new UKAS CEO
OHSAS migration
UKAS training services
ISO seeks feedback on ISO/IEC 17025:2017
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