Last reviewed 1 October 2021

Conditions for the use of the UKAS (the UK national accreditation body) logo and accreditation symbols have been published by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This refers to a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as “new approach” goods.

The new guide, which can be found at GOV.UK, notes that it is BEIS policy that UKAS and the organisations it accredits should, where permitted to do so, benefit from identifying visually their status through the use of the symbols that BEIS owns.

This includes being allowed to use the term UKAS Accredited Organisation — a body accredited by UKAS as a certification body, laboratory, inspection body, proficiency testing provider, reference material producer, validation/verification body, medical diagnostic service provider or biobank.

The guide is intended for organisations working in calibration, testing, inspection and certification of systems, products and personnel.

It states: “If you wish to use the words ‘accreditation’, ‘accredit’, ‘accredited’ or ‘accrediting’ in your company, LLP or business name, you will need to obtain prior approval from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).”

Further guidance on the use of the sensitive words accreditation, accredit, accredited and accrediting, in a company, Limited Liability Partnership or business name is also available at GOV.UK.

“The organisations displaying these terms or symbols should not mislead anyone; devalue or degrade the logo/symbol; use them illegally; or be contrary to various recognised standards or guides”, BEIS warns.