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Accredited laboratory services will be recognised regardless of Brexit outcome

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Thursday 7 March 2019

Photograph: Glass Technology Services provide a comprehensive range of accredited laboratory servicesLeading 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 .

Glass Technology Services Ltd is a UKAS accredited laboratory, No. 1994 - providing a comprehensive range of analytical, testing, research and consultancy support throughout the glass supply chain on a global basis.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), National Accreditation Body (NAB) of the United Kingdom, is a part of the Association of National Accreditation Bodies in Europe (EA), which enables mutual recognition of accreditation across member states. The legal framework for accreditation will be adopted into UK legislation and UKAS will remain as the national accreditation body. UKAS have had discussions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU), Department for International Trade (DIT) and the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) to ensure that it retains its’ status as a full member of the EA and a signatory of all the multi-lateral agreements (MLAs) that enable mutual recognition of accreditation.

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