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Department of Trade and Industry

CONDITIONS FOR THE USE OF NATIONAL ACCREDITATION MARKS BY UKAS AND UKAS ACCREDITED ORGANISATIONS

Published 2003

URN 98/887

Conditions for Use of National Accreditation Marks by UKAS and UKAS Accredited Organisations
incorporating Supplement 1: Information Security Management mark Supplement 2: revised Appendix A Supplement 3: Proficiency Testing mark

Contents
1 2 3 4 5 Introduction Form and display of the marks Use of the marks in publicity material Other restrictions on use of the marks Reference to accreditation Requirements on laboratories Requirements on certification bodies Requirements on inspection bodies Artwork for full colour reproduction of accreditation marks Appendix E Artwork for single colour reproduction of accreditation marks 17 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D

A disk containing the accreditation marks in electronic (TIF) format may be ordered from UKAS on a prepayment basis. Please fax for further details.

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Introduction
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the UK national accreditation body responsible for assessing and accrediting the competence of organisations in the fields of measurement, testing, inspection and certification of systems, products and personnel. It operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Trade and Industry, which has licensed UKAS to use accreditation marks that feature the Royal Crown, and to sublicense the use of these marks to UKAS accredited organisations. This publication sets out the conditions for the use of the national accreditation marks by UKAS and organisations accredited by UKAS as meeting the requirements of the appropriate international standards, and the successors to these standards: (a) (b) EN 45001 and ISO/IEC Guide 25 for laboratories (hereinafter referred to as UKAS accredited laboratories). EN 45011, EN 45012, ISO/IEC Guide 66, EN 45012 (modified for information security management systems) and/or EN45013 for certification bodies (hereinafter referred to as UKAS accredited certification bodies). The certification body accreditation marks may also be used by organisations subject to accredited certification by a UKAS accredited certification body. EN 45004 for inspection bodies (hereinafter referred to as UKAS accredited inspection bodies). ISO/IEC Guide 43-1 for providers of proficiency testing schemes. Where applicable, these conditions shall be met by UKAS and by all UKAS accredited organisations, including those outside the United Kingdom. Certification bodies shall take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance with these conditions by their customers of accredited certification. UKAS accredited laboratories and UKAS accredited inspection bodies shall not authorise the use of the marks by their clients, sub-contractors or any other third party. Use of the UKAS mark is confined to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

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(c) (d) 1.3 (a) (b) (c)

(d) 1.4

UKAS and organisations accredited by UKAS may use the relevant accreditation mark on stationery, quotations for work, reports and certificates, and brochures, and other items relevant to the organisation’s accredited activity, subject to the conditions set out in this publication. It is the responsibility of each UKAS accredited organisation to minimise the risk of a client/reader being misled as to the extent and limitations of its UKAS accreditation, whether it be in relation to quotations for work, work being undertaken, results being reported, the use of sub-contractors or the advertising of activities or services. For the purposes of the conditions set out in this publication, the terms ‘advertising’ and ‘advertisements’ shall not include notices, labels, documents or written announcements affixed to or otherwise appearing on the vehicles or flags (or such other items, goods or products as the Department of Trade and Industry [‘The Department’] may determine from time to time) of the party concerned.
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Form and display of the marks
The marks shall be displayed only in the appropriate form, size and colour detailed in this Section. The organisation’s accreditation number(s) shall be printed centrally under the accreditation mark, as indicated in Figure 1. The accreditation number(s) shall be in three digits, except for accredited laboratories (four digits). When the mark is printed on an unfolded portion of stationery sized no greater than A4, it shall be displayed in a size no larger than shown in Figure 1 (30 mm high). On larger portions of unfolded stationery the size may be proportionately increased. Accredited organisations shall base all reproductions of the accreditation marks on master versions printed at the end of this publication. The masters included at the end of this publication are suitable for use as originals (ie they may be photographed for process reproduction or otherwise copied). (a) Accreditation marks shall normally have a minimum height (excluding the accreditation number) of 20 mm. Any enlargement or reduction shall retain the same proportions as those of the masters printed in this publication. The mark and the accreditation number shall be considered as a single entity for purposes of enlargement or reduction. In exceptional circumstances, which are usually dictated by reason of space limitation or cost, the marks may be reproduced at a reduced height, but paragraph 2.5(c) must be satisfied. Irrespective of the height of reproduction, the mark must, in the opinion of UKAS, be legible, with no infilling.

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Figure 1

Examples of accreditation marks; accreditation numbers are set here in 10pt Arial; UKAS accredited organisations should use the artwork masters printed later in this publication. – Page 3 of 34 –

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An accreditation mark may be displayed on stationery: (a) (b) (c) only if the logo or title of the accredited organisation concerned is also shown; with no more prominence than the logo or title of the accredited organisation; no more than once for each UKAS accreditation.

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The accreditation mark shall normally be printed in a single colour, which should be the predominant ink colour of the document, or, in the case of a pre-printed letterhead, the predominant ink colour of the letterhead. The marks may be reproduced in the colour scheme detailed in Appendix D, but may not be reproduced in any other colour scheme without the prior written consent of UKAS. Any request for consent must be accompanied by an example or a colour proof. (a) (b) Embossed, relief, or die-stamped versions may be used. The marks may be reproduced as water marks.

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Electronic reproduction of the marks is permitted provided that the requirements of this publication are met and: (a) (b) (c) (d) the organisation’s accreditation number is printed under the mark. the mark is reproduced so that infilling does not occur. degradation and/or distortion of the mark graphic is avoided. computer files of the marks shall be prepared from mark masters printed at the end of this publication or obtained from UKAS. Redrawn approximations shall not be used.

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Reversed-image versions of the accreditation marks are available, and artwork masters are printed at the end of this publication. The organisation’s accreditation number shall be printed centrally underneath the accreditation mark (see Figure 2). All other conditions for use of accreditation marks apply to these versions.

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Use of the accreditation marks in publicity material
National accreditation marks shall not be used in any way that might mislead the reader about the status of an accredited organisation. UKAS accredited organisations are entitled to incorporate an accreditation mark in publicity material that refers to accredited services, provided that the conditions contained in this publication are met. Holders of certificates issued by UKAS accredited certification bodies may use the appropriate mark in the manner prescribed in Appendix B, on stationery and publicity material or other items relevant to their certificate. The accreditation mark(s) shall always be used in conjunction with the mark of the certification

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body or certification scheme. Holders of accredited certificates may use the mark of the certification body or certification scheme without the accreditation mark. 3.4 The terms ‘publicity material’ shall not include notices, labels, documents or written announcements affixed to or otherwise appearing on goods or products unless the goods or products have been manufactured under an accredited product conformity scheme. This restriction shall also apply to primary (eg blister packs) packaging and promotional products.

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Other restrictions on use of the marks
(a) The accreditation marks shall not be displayed on vehicles, except in publicity material containing an accreditation mark as part of a larger advertisement, provided the mark is used in the publicity material in accordance with the conditions detailed in this publication. The accreditation marks shall not be displayed on buildings and flags. Marks may be displayed on internal walls and doors, and on exhibition stands.

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Accreditation marks shall not be used in such a way as to suggest that the Secretary of State or UKAS has certified, or approved, any product or any service supplied by a licensee of a mark, or in any other misleading manner. Accreditation marks shall not be used in such a way as to imply that UKAS accepts responsibility for activities carried out under the scope of accreditation and/or certification.

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Reversed-image accreditation marks. Accreditation numbers are set here in 10pt. Arial; UKAS accredited organisations should use the artwork masters printed at the end of this publication. – Page 5 of 34 –

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All quotations for work that contain an accreditation mark shall clearly indicate those activities that are not UKAS accredited. (a) Marks other than the Testing (including Proficiency Testing), Inspection and Calibration marks may not be used on test and inspection reports and calibration certificates, respectively. The Product Certification mark may only be used in connection with a product manufactured under an accredited product conformity scheme. The Calibration and Testing marks shall not be displayed on an item that has been tested, or on a product (or attachment thereto) or used to imply product certification or approval. The Inspection mark shall not be displayed on an item that has been inspected, or on a product (or attachment thereto) or used to imply product certification or approval.

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Upon suspension of relevant UKAS accreditation, accredited organisations shall immediately cease to issue certificates, reports and quotations for work displaying an accreditation mark. Upon termination of UKAS accreditation, accredited organisations shall immediately cease distribution of all items on which an accreditation mark is displayed. In the event that accreditation is withdrawn from a UKAS accredited organisation in respect of a scheme whereby the organisation owns and licenses its own mark, the organisation shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its licensees immediately cease use of stationery, literature, advertisements, goods, labelling and packaging bearing the national accreditation mark. Any use of an accreditation mark that might contravene the conditions laid down in this publication shall be referred to UKAS. The Department reserves the right to vary the conditions set out in this publication without prior notice.

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Reference to accreditation
Where an accredited organisation wishes to make reference to its UKAS accreditation instead of using the accreditation mark, it shall without variation use the phrase ‘a UKAS accredited [calibration laboratory] [testing laboratory] [certification body] [inspection body] No. 000’. The accredited organisation shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that this wording is used by any client when referring to the use of an accredited organisation.

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Appendix A
Requirements on laboratories
A1.1 A1.2 Figure A shows how laboratories with multiple accreditations may use the mark. Detailed instructions for the technical content and presentation of calibration certificates, calibration labels, test reports and test certificates are published separately by UKAS.

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Figure A

Indication of multiple accreditations for accredited laboratories (calibration laboratories should use the calibration accreditation mark)

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Appendix B
Requirements on certification bodies
B1.1 Certification bodies shall ensure that they audit the use of national accreditation marks by their certificate holders. Conditions for the use of the marks by such certificate holders is given in this Appendix. The conditions detailed in Sections 2, 3 and 4 apply to such certificate holders. Reproduction of the marks shall be based on master versions printed at the end of this publication, to which certificate holders must add their certification body’s accreditation number and logo/mark as indicated in Figure B. If, in the specific case of a product produced under an accredited product conformity scheme, physical constraints prevent reproduction of the product certification accreditation mark to the limits specified in this Appendix, a label based on the product certification example in Figure B may be attached to the product. If that is impracticable, the label may be affixed to the primary packaging (eg blister pack) but not to the secondary packaging (eg outer, transit pack).

B1.2 B1.3

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Certification body mark

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Figure B

Use of accreditation mark by holders of accredited certificates. The accreditation mark used must be relevant to the certificate. The certification body’s (or the certification scheme) mark shall be enlarged or reduced to fit into the space indicated. The certification body’s accreditation number shall be included (as indicated by 000). The accreditation mark and the certification body mark shall be enclosed in a box (as indicated).

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Appendix C
Requirements on inspection bodies
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C1.1

SUB-CONTRACTED INSPECTIONS
Where an inspection body wishes to issue a report or inspection certificate including the results from sub-contracted inspection together with the results of inspections covered by its schedule of accreditation, the report or certificate shall include statements clearly indicating what inspection work has been subcontracted.

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C2.1

CLARIFYING STATEMENTS
If a report or certificate contains results of accredited and non-accredited inspections, the inspection body shall ensure that the client/reader can distinguish the results that are covered by accreditation from those that are not covered. In such reports and certificates the inspection body shall include on the front cover or first page one of the following statements: Inspections marked ‘UKAS accredited’ in this report/certificate are listed in our UKAS accreditation schedule bearing No ...... or Inspections marked ‘Not UKAS accredited’ in this report/certificate are not included in the UKAS schedule for our inspection body. Inspection bodies may choose their own form of marking or indication, eg an asterisk or use of bold type, to be used in conjunction with the statement, provided that it is clear which results and statements of conformity are covered by accreditation.

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The mark shall not be incorporated into a report or certificate that does not contain any results from inspections that are covered by the inspection body’s schedule of accreditation.

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Appendix D
Artwork for full colour reproduction of accreditation marks

Gold = Pantone 872

Blue = Pantone Reflex Blue

Red = Pantone Warm Red

Green = Pantone 347

4-colour equivalents for Pantone colours

Gold (Pantone 872)

No direct equivalent, but can use Pantone 117 80% Yellow 20%Cyan 100% Cyan 20%Magenta 70% Magenta

Reflex Blue

Warm Red

100% Yellow

100% Magenta

Pantone 347

90% Yellow

100% Cyan

Figure D1

Colour scheme for UKAS accreditation marks. For artwork for individual marks, see other Figures in this Appendix. Accredited organisations must print their accreditation number (see Figure 1) under the mark

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Figure D2

Keyline for full colour reproduction of the inspection accreditation mark

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Figure D3

Keyline for full colour reproduction of the quality and environmental management systems accreditation marks

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Figure D4

Keyline for full colour reproduction of the product and personnel certification accreditation marks

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Figure D5

Keyline for full colour reproduction of the laboratory accreditation marks

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Figure D6

Keyline for full colour reproduction of the information management system and proficiency testing accreditation marks

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Appendix E
Artwork for single colour reproduction of accreditation marks

The following pages contain artwork masters for single colour reproduction of accreditation marks. Accredited certification bodies are reminded that holders of accredited certificates may use the relevant accreditation mark in accordance with the conditions detailed in this publication, especially those in Appendix B

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Masters for use as artwork by UKAS accredited inspection bodies. Inspection bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of quality management systems accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of environmental management systems accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of product certification accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of personnel certification accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of calibration laboratory accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited calibration laboratories. Laboratories shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of testing laboratory accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited testing laboratories. Laboratories shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of information management systems accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Masters of proficiency testing accreditation mark for use as artwork by UKAS accredited proficiency testing providers. Providers shall incorporate their accreditation number (indicated by 000), in the same typeface and type style indicated in the masters

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Distributed by United Kingdom Accreditation Service 21 – 47 High Street Feltham Middlesex TW13 4UN Tel: Fax: 020 8917 8400 020 8917 8500

First printed in Dec 98

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