SNR Certification Limited, is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), which was formally known as the National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies. UKAS, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and in conjunction with the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA), impose strict rules for registrars; particularly with regard to auditor’s competence, independence and impartiality. UKAS regularly visit SNR to satisfy themselves that the rules are being followed.
UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of conformity assessment bodies. UKAS accredited certification, testing and calibration and inspection reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers. UKAS’ involvement in international groups provides for mutual recognition which further reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade.
The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon. Accreditation assures users of the competence and impartiality of the body accredited.