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Association of Certification Bodies

Kidderminster Worcestershire DY11 9GP

+44 30 3836 6290


The originally named Association of Certification Bodies was founded in 1984 in response to a UK Government request that certification bodies should work together to provide a collective input to the newly established National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies (NACCB). In 1992 the Association adopted its current title and was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 1996. ABCB is recognised by Government, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), and a wide range of organisations as the lead UK trade association for nationally accredited third party certification bodies.

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ABCB is the UK Trade Association for nationally accredited certification bodies. Membership is open to UK based certification bodies holding UKAS accreditation.

Affiliate membership is open to non-UK based certification bodies that hold accreditation from UKAS or from another national accreditation body that is a signatory of either the IAF multilateral mutual recognition agreement or of a regional mutual recognition agreement recognized by IAF. Certification bodies actively seeking national accreditation can join as associate members.

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ABCB actively promotes nationally accredited certification and works with government departments, trading standards, purchasers and specifiers, UKAS and other stakeholders to promote its benefits. Membership of ABCB is restricted to certification bodies that are accredited by UKAS, or another recognized national accreditation body, or that are actively seeking national accreditation.

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