ABCB Welcomes BAB as a Gold Member

ABCB are delighted to confirm that the British Assessment Bureau, one of the UK’s most progressive certification bodies, has announced its decision to become a Gold Member of the Association.

Kent-based British Assessment Bureau (BAB), which provides a range of ISO certification services, has been enjoying the benefits of being a member of the ABCB for several years. Following three important acquisitions during 2019 BAB took the decision to become a Gold Member, both in recognition of the huge value it has derived from its membership in the past, but also to support the exciting developments being led by ABCB’s new CEO, Wayne Terry.

BAB’s CEO, Mike Tims, commented “The decision to become a member of the Association of British Certification Bodies was a simple one for us. As a member of ABCB we gain advanced industry knowledge and early notification of new or revised standards, which helps shape our business strategy and plans. It also provides a platform to represent our views nationally and internationally.”

“By expanding our involvement with the ABCB we are able to develop a stronger relationship with key stakeholders, such as UKAS, but also international bodies such as the IAF. Finally, we get enormous benefit from regular membership meetings and discussion groups with fellow certification bodies as well as independent and impartial guidance and support from the management committee, if needed.”

Wayne Terry, ABCB’s CEO, welcomed the announcement and commented “I am delighted by this news from BAB and I am pleased that our activities at ABCB are being recognised in the industry. Since becoming CEO in January 2019 my team and I have been working closely with the likes of BAB and other leading certification bodies to expand our membership as we drive the organisation forward, becoming more proactive, nationally and internationally.”

The Importance of Having A Voice in The Industry

During 2019 Amtivo Group, which owns British Assessment Bureau, made three important, strategic, acquisitions which significantly increase its presence in the UK market. The acquisitions included Birmingham-based ACS Registrars, Leeds-based Avalon Certification and Equas Consultancy, which developed the game-changing ISO management solution, ‘Activ’.

Mike Tims noted “ACS Registrars and Avalon Certification have now become part of BAB, along with the Activ SaaS platform, all of which are really exciting developments for the business to be working on. We want to ensure that we continue to grow, to be innovative and to deliver the best possible service to our customers. Being a Gold Member of the ABCB is a key part of our strategy to achieve that and having access to Wayne, with his boundless energy and enthusiasm for our industry, makes it that much easier.”

ABCB Welcomes 2020

2020 is underway and ABCB’s diary is already filling up representing members interests at the most important meetings for Accredited CBs. Dates confirmed so far include:

UKAS Surgery (ABCB members only): February 27th

IAF Mid Term Meeting (Beijing): March 30th – April 2nd

EA General Assembly (Luxemburg): May 13th – 14th

UKAS Policy Advisory Council: July 8th

UKAS Policy Advisory Forum & Policy Advisory Council: September 20th

UKAS AGM: October 13th 

IAF Annual Meeting (Montreal): October 13th – November 5th

UKAS Policy Advisory Council: 24th November

EA General Assembly (Zagreb): 25th – 26th November

Also working with: Various BSI Committees, EFAC, BEIS – BSI PAS ‘Energy Smart Appliances’, Office for Product Safety – BSI PAS ‘Bringing Safe Product to Market’, Information Commissioner’s Office and many more.

Your voice is not being heard? – why not speak to ABCB to see how your views can be represented to the Quality Infrastructure industry – www.abcb.org.uk

ABCB OPENS ITS DOORS

In its 35 year history ABCB has traditionally focused on Management Systems, representing third party accredited CB’s that specialise in ISO/IEC 17021, such as ISO/IEC 9001. However, in today’s global marketplace, it is important that all aspects of accredited certification included the IAF Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA) is reflected in the activities of ABCB membership.

ABCB Celebrates World Accreditation Day

The 9th June marked World Accreditation Day, an initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to promote the value of accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards.

EA & THE IMPACT OF BREXIT STATEMENT

UKAS, the National Accreditation Body (NAB) of the United Kingdom, is a member of EA and a signatory to the EA Multilateral Agreement (MLA). With the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, UKAS will no longer meet the EA membership criteria as they are not a NAB in a Member State or candidate country. EA has expressed the importance of having UKAS as member, even after the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

NEW UKAS CHIEF EXECUTIVE

ABCB Chairman and Managing Director of NQA, Matt Gantley, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of UKAS, taking over from Paul Stennett on 1 September 2018.  ABCB would like to thank Paul Stennet for his support and assistance in significantly improving the relationship

NEW ABCB CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Trevor Nash will be retiring as Chief Executive of ABCB at the end of 2018, after nine years.  He will be replaced by Wayne Terry who will take over on 1 January 2019.

UKAS CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

The results of the UKAS customer satisfaction survey for quarter 1,of 2015/16 are available through the following link

THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO CONSULTATION ON TRANSFORMING REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT

In the middle of 2011 the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills issued a consultation document on transforming regulatory enforcement. ABCB responded to the consultation to promote the use of accredited certification to support regulatory enforcement.

THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS ISSUES GUIDANCE TO UK BUSINESSES ENCOURAGING THEM TO USE NATIONALLY ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION.

ABCB has been successful in prompting the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to state the UK Government’s support for UKAS accredited certification. BIS has published a statement on its website in which it encourages UK businesses, Government and local authorities seeking third party certification to do so with a certification body that is accredited by the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS.