There is currently much concern in the UK certification industry that Non UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies are providing ISO 14001 Certification Services.
The Department For Business Innovation and Skills recently posted an article on their website stating :
BSI would like to draw the attention of all UK organisations and companies to BIS policy document Conformity-assessment-accreditation-policy (PDF) on Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, and specifically to section 3.4 that reads:
“ 3.4 Application of the accreditation principles.
In applying these principles, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills:
– encourages Conformity Assessment Bodies to be accredited by the National Accreditation Body.
– encourages UK businesses, Government and local authorities requiring third party conformity assessment services to source such services, where they exist, from conformity assessment bodies accredited by a National Accreditation Body.”
BIS has further advised certification representative organisations in the UK:
“Accreditation” within the meaning of the Regulation can only be obtained (in the UK) from United Kingdom Accreditation Service by virtue of the Regulation.
Any organisation therefore that is suggesting it is accredited in the sense of the Regulation when they are not is likely to be guilty of an offence under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (Statutory Instrument 2008/1276).
Certification Bodies or representative organisations should refer these cases to trading standards or the Office of Fair Trading in the first instance.
Rest assured that World Certification Services Ltd are a UKAS Accredited Certification Body and high standards are maintained and monitored via annual compliance audits from UKAS.