UKAS/BIS survey: the value of accreditation in the economy

“The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have commissioned a study to capture the value of accreditation in the economy. The study is being conducted by Dr Ray Lambert and Dr Marion Frenz of Birkbeck, University of London and covers all aspects of UKAS accreditation.

To help with the collection of evidence for the study, we are inviting all UKAS customers to complete a short online survey. If you would like to help in this way please go to:

The questions are quite good ones, but can they obtain helpful answers when EC legislation requires certain labs to have accreditation? 

In this case, accreditation is highly important while simultaneously being unimportant since there is no evidence that it consistently improves quality or reduces cost.  Having accreditation is critical to being able to continue in business solely because of bureaucratic EC demands while simultaneously being a significant waste of value. 

The percentage values the survey requests are anecdotal and do not have uncertainty of measurement values that the cartel requires of its victims’ measurements. 

Will the victim organisations have the insight and honesty to tell the researchers the truth or will they perpetuate the mythical definition of quality they have been sold by the cartel’s propaganda?

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.’  Thomas Pynchon

Most surveys are commissioned simply to hang advertising on.  Learn about it here:

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