Glass Technology Services: Brexit won’t affect UKAS accreditation

Accredited laboratory services will be recognised regardless of Brexit outcome

Leading experts in glass analysis and testing, Glass Technology Services Ltd, confirms that their UKAS accredited laboratory facilities will continue to be recognised regardless of the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Following enquiries from clients and uncertainty in industry, Glass Technology Services is reassuring clients that results and analytical test certificates will remain valid for laboratory facilities accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) – whatever the outcome of the ongoing UK withdrawal discussions.

This position was clarified by the Association of National Accreditation Bodies in Europe (EA) who have confirmed that the “EA has revised its Articles of Association” – allowing UKAS to “maintain its membership for further 2 years” as a transition period and that “UKAS will continue to be peer evaluated by EA in order to maintain its MLA signatory status”. During this transition period the EA intend to revise membership criteria “with the aim that UKAS remains an EA member”.

Philip Marsh, Business development manager at Glass Technology Services commented:
“We can confirm that our accredited laboratory facilities will continue to be recognised regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

“Glass Technology Services has clarified this position with both the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who confirm that certificates issued by UKAS and UKAS-accredited organisations will continue to be recognised under multilateral agreements (MLAs) that will continue to operate regardless of the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations.”

The statement released by the Association of National Accreditation Bodies in Europe (EA) can be downloaded here.