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Accreditation details - McQuillan Envirocare Analytical Services

The McQuillan Envirocare Analytical Services laboratory accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to 17025 standard. But what does this accreditation mean and why is it important? The following information is taken directly from the UKAS web site [].

What is Accreditation?

Usually the reason for getting something independently evaluated is to confirm it meets specific requirements in order to reduce risks. Obvious examples are product failure, health risks, company reputation or to meet legal or customer requirements. Anything or anyone can be evaluated - products, equipment, people, management systems or organisations.
Accreditation by UKAS means that evaluators i.e. testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability.
It is the ability to distinguish between a proven, competent evaluator that ensures that the selection of a laboratory, certification or inspection body is an informed choice and not a gamble. UKAS accreditation means the evaluator can show to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards.
This means that the customer reduces the risk of selecting an incompetent evaluator and paying for, or more seriously, acting upon invalid results.

The Benefits of Accreditation

Almost since Benjamin Disraeli declared that "elevating the condition of the people" was a responsibility of government, a framework has evolved to create confidence in the market place and in our public services. Trust is placed in the products and services on offer often without a second thought by the customer, such are the regulations and standards against which products are manufactured and services provided.

... For Government

There are many duties placed on government departments, local authorities and other agencies to ensure that trust is maintained. Whether it be health, water quality, food, consumer goods or transport safety, for example, the public sector provides the framework for the assurance that goods and services are safe and the environment we live in is clean and secure.
UKAS is already in collaboration with a range of government departments that are now developing schemes to either raise standards or implement new ones as a means of increasing public confidence.
Particularly, UKAS can reduce the need for each government department to employ its own specialist assessment resource. Using the accredited route has the advantage of a single transparent and repeatable approach. Over time this should improve consistency, resulting in better risk management. At the same time it should eliminate the cost of reinventing the wheel, thus contributing to the drive for open and modern government.
Accreditation by UKAS can also limit the need for government to regulate industry and the professions. It provides an alternative means of ensuring the reliability of activities that have the potential to impact on public confidence or the national reputation.
UKAS, where requested, assesses organisations and recommends to government their appointment as Notified Bodies as required by EU Directives and Regulations.

... For Business

Companies big and small buy independent evaluations either through choice (to reduce the risk of product failure for example) or as a consequence of legal requirements (such as health and safety regulations). Most commonly these evaluations are calibration of equipment, product testing, inspection of equipment and certification of quality management systems.
Too many of Britain's companies run the risk of undermining their long-term success by purchasing independent evaluations that are not UKAS accredited.

"If a small business chooses to take the certification route we are strongly in favour that they select a certification body carrying UKAS accreditation."

Ian Handford, Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses


The risks associated with not using UKAS accredited evaluators include:
Product failure as result of relying on invalid test results
Increased costs caused by inaccurate measurement (as a consequence of poorly calibrated equipment)
Legal action arising from inadequately inspected equipment resulting in accidents
Rejected tenders and orders by not being able to support products claims with a UKAS accredited certificate or test report
Accreditation by UKAS also brings benefits:
Market access; for companies with ambitions to export accredited testing is vitally important to avoid the cost and time involved in re-testing products.
Due diligence; using a UKAS accredited body to carry out an independent evaluation helps demonstrate due diligence in the event of legal action
Accredited testing and calibration laboratories are a superb source of impartial advice and knowledge transfer leading to product development opportunities