UKAS and Bureau Veritas celebrate 25th anniversary

18/09/07

25 years of laboratory accreditation was jointly celebrated in May by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Bureau Veritas laboratory in St Albans, Hertfordshire. As the only national body recognised by government to assess evaluating organisations, UKAS started its accreditation service in 1982 and the first laboratory to be given their official approval was St Albans that received the registration number 0001.

In 1982 the laboratory was in Elstree, Hertfordshire and was part of Harry Stanger Ltd owned by the Stanger family. Over the past 25 years, the laboratory has changed ownership through a number of acquisitions and is now owned by Bureau Veritas, a service company specialising in Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental Management and Social Responsibility.  The laboratory undertakes materials testing, analysis, consultancy and investigation in the fields of metallurgy, materials science and component performance. 

The Chairman of UKAS, Lord Lindsay visited the laboratory and joined the members of staff who have worked at the laboratory for the full 25 years. 

Lord Lindsay, Chairman of UKAS, explained:

“Bureau Veritas is a leading player uniquely placed to supply its 200,000 customers world-wide with coherent market focused services that generate high added value. UKAS and Bureau Veritas have enjoyed a strong relationship over the last 25 years. Both organisations have grown significantly and UKAS now accredits over 1500 laboratories. Laboratory accreditation has become a fundamental element to maintaining the integrity and technical competence of organisations providing testing and calibration data. Government and the business community now have greater confidence in the data they are supplied.”

Tim Norman, Manager of the Laboratory, and an original member of staff, added:

“I started working at the laboratory as a metallurgist and was appointed as Laboratory Manager in 1990. Whilst the science of specialist metallurgy engineering has evolved over the years, the values of UKAS remain at the heart of our business – namely the provision of an independent, quality service founded on technical excellence.”

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