Brexit – “very little will change”

UKAS Brexit statement

UKAS accreditation of certification, inspection, testing and measurement services plays a key role in maintaining the UK’s world-leading quality infrastructure. Certificates issued by UKAS and UKAS accredited organisations are recognised internationally through UKAS’ membership of the European co-operation of Accreditation (EA), the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Following the recent referendum on EU membership, the situation currently remains the same and there is no change to UKAS’ status, nor the status of certificates issued by UKAS accredited organisations.

The situation following exit from the EU will depend on the terms of the exit package negotiated but UKAS expects the recognition of certificates to continue through continued UKAS membership of EA and/or ILAC and IAF.

UKAS will continue to monitor the situation closely by working with both the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and our European and international counterparts, but our current expectation is that very little will change, from an accreditation point of view, as a result of the referendum.

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