NQA holds accreditation from UKAS (the respective national accreditation bodies of the UK) and has one of the widest scopes of accreditation covering most economic sectors.
Accreditation by UKAS means that NQA is regularly and rigorously assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate its competence, impartiality and performance capability.
To view NQA's full scope of accreditation, please visit:
Statement of Impartiality
One of the fundamental principles of certification, so that it can provide confidence, is that it is impartial.
In order to provide this confidence it is essential that certification decisions are based solely on objective evidence of conformity and are not influenced by other interests.
NQA ensures that the certification it provides is impartial by managing any potential conflicts of interest so that its impartiality is not compromised.
In particular NQA has established processes which ensure that, irrespective of which management system consultancy organisation may have been employed to develop or maintain a client's management system:
- no advantage will be gained
- certification will not be easier or cheaper
and that certification decisions will be based solely on the objective evidence gathered during assessment activities.
NQA's policy is to provide UKAS accredited certification wherever possible.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published a position statement on unaccredited certification on its website.
Please visit: BIS policy on unaccredited certification.