Accreditation against the internationally recognised standard for inspection bodies ISO/IEC 17020:2012 means SELECT continues to be officially recognised for the quality of its electrical installation inspection service.
In order for accreditation to be maintained, SELECT has been subject to rigorous annual assessment by UKAS since first attaining accredited status in 1998.
Dave Forrester, Director of Technical Services at SELECT, says: “Being UKAS accredited is extremely important to us, our Members and the wider public. Holding UKAS accredited status is a key part of our inspection work and brings great confidence to consumers and the wider industry. It demonstrates that our Technical Advisers have proved their competence to carry out low voltage electrical installation inspections safely, impartially and to the highest possible standard.”
This year’s UKAS assessment was coordinated by Malcolm Duncan, Training and Development Adviser and Quality Assurance Manager at SELECT.
He comments: “Regular periodic inspection by skilled personnel is essential for the integrity of any electrical installation throughout the course of its life. Having UKAS accreditation provides confidence that these inspections have been considered properly.
“Using a UKAS accredited inspection body like SELECT helps consumers reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, improves productivity and also sends the right message about maintaining best practice, professionalism and integrity.”
UKAS is the only national accreditation body in the United Kingdom, which is recognised by the government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
Accreditation provides assurance of the consistency and quality of the inspections performed by competent organisations and consequently gives the consumer greater confidence in the safety of their environment.
Wisdom Gasu, Assessment Manager at UKAS, adds: “Congratulations to everyone at SELECT for maintaining its accredited status for 22 years. Accreditation assessments are continuous, rigorous and impartial processes. Users of UKAS accredited services can therefore have confidence in both an organised management system and the independence and technical competence of a UKAS accredited organisation to deliver those accredited services.”
For further information about UKAS and the importance of UKAS accreditation, visit www.ukas.com.