Accreditation is a mechanism for ensuring that those bodies that undertake certification, verification or inspection services have the required level of technical competence and independence to undertake certification and other evaluation services.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the UK accreditation body responsible for assessing the competency of organisations that provide ISO 14001 certification and EMAS verification services as well as other related inspection services.

Accreditation assessment is measured against internationally agreed standards.

This topic explains the criteria required to become an accredited certification, verification or inspection body and outlines the overarching responsibilities of UKAS.

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