The UK Government has appointed a sole Accreditation Body to accredit certification bodies to issue certificates of compliance to management standards.
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. UKAS is independent of Government but is appointed as the national accreditation body by the Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI No 3155/2009) and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills."
This company asked me to look through their Quality Manual; it was riddled with errors and did not comply with ISO 9001. It was confused and woolly, it did not address the six mandatory procedures required by 9001 and did not even reference the correct Standard. The Company, quite rightly, feel that they have wasted their money and will now have to expend more money to gain proper certification.
These non-accredited certification companies should be severely censured if they do not provide the promised outcome. I also believe that UKAS and or Trading Standards should act and prosecute where they can see misrepresentation has taken place.
To be absolutely sure that your certificate gives confidence that your systems actually meet the requirements of the Standards and will stand up to external scrutiny then insist on a UKAS Accredited Certification Body. If in doubt, look at the UKAS web-site http://www.ukas.com/about-accreditation/accredited-bodies/certification-body-schedules.asp