Accreditation is going to be important in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. It’s going to “support trade through the removal of technical barriers” i.e. the imposition of accreditation barriers that divert money to the “quality” cartel and its supporters.
You can read UKAS’s short account here:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement, released on November 5th 2015, between twelve Pacific Rim countries. The agreement’s goal is to promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labour and environmental protections.
Accreditation, recognised by existing regional and international Mutual Recognition Arrangements (the ILAC MRA and IAF MLA) is referenced as being as a key measure to support trade through the removal of technical barriers.
UKAS shrouds even the highly-secretive TPP in its invisibility cloak of boredom.