National accreditation logo and symbols: conditions for use

Sets out the conditions for the use of the UKAS (the UK national accreditation body) logo and accreditation symbols.



This publication sets out the conditions that organisations must follow if they wish to use the UKAS logo and accreditation symbols. It is intended for organisations working in calibration, testing, inspection and certification of systems, products and personnel.

If you wish to use the words ‘accreditation’, ‘accredit’, ‘accredited’ or ‘accrediting’ in your company, LLP or business name, you will need to obtain prior approval from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Naming your business: apply to use ‘accredited’ or related words in your company’s name

The administration of the names regime is carried out by Companies House on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Published 3 August 2011
Last updated 30 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Requirements and National Accreditation Symbols for Biobanks added.

  2. Guidance revised due to the launch of a new national accreditation logo and new national accreditation symbols, with transition arrangements for their use.

  3. Updated certification scheme.

  4. Updated to change the responsible department and contact details.

  5. Updated the conditions of use for the UKAS logo and accreditation symbols.

  6. Updated publication - The National Accreditation Logo & Symbols: conditions for use by UKAS and UKAS accredited organisations.

  7. First published.