Competence of the Labs and the skills of the people working in them
Learn from the Science Council and UKAS how maintaining high levels of competence in the Labs through UKAS accreditation and Science Council professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians builds and maintains high levels of trust and integrity in the science being delivered.
Through UKAS accreditation test results can be trusted, measurements relied upon, certificated activities respected and inspected equipment and processes can be relied upon to operate safely and accurately.
Through the Science Council, professional registration recognises the knowledge and experience of scientists and science technicians in the labs in addition any other qualifications held. Professional registration captures on-the-job experience and shows the level of competence being delivered by the practising scientist and science technician.
Accreditation and registration demonstrates, commitment to integrity, regard for public interest and responsibility for others.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole National Accreditation Body for the UK. Its role is to check that organisations providing conformity assessment services (certification, testing, inspection and calibration) are meeting a required standard of performance. UKAS accreditation demonstrates an organisation’s competence, impartiality and performance capability against internationally recognised standards.
The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. We set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Through our Licensed Bodies we admit to our registers scientists and science technicians who meet our competence and conduct requirements and commit to Continuing Professional Development. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.