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NameUnited Kingdom Accreditation Service
Type of organisationPrivate
International or nationalInternational
Period of validity-
Method of assessmentTeam of evaluators
Public communicationTransparent
Target groupsPatient and government
Price€ 1,400,-
Accredited byAccreditation Regulations 2009
Quality norm-
FoundersSecretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills
ObjectiveEnsuring confi dence in quality
Profit or non-profit basedNon-profit
Accredited institutionsEvery type of organisation, not limited on the healthcare sector
Special remarksPopular in Turkey

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) was set up in 1995, after the NAMAS (National Measurement Accreditation Service) and NACCB (National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies) merged. UKAS’ main objective is to create confidence and trust among consumers in cooperation with the government. UKAS is an independent and private organisation, cooperating with the British government, which recognises UKAS as the main accreditation service in the UK.

The certification guarantees a certain quality. Therefore, foreign companies, who wish to attract British investors or consumers, undergo a UKAS accreditation. Especially hospitals in Turkey undergo the UKAS accreditation, besides the JCI accreditation.

UKAS is one of the few accreditation methods that does not have a period of validity, however if the quality of the institution is below the standards, UKAS can decide to withdraw the accreditation. UKAS is not only accrediting healthcare institutions, but also other organisations and items which can be accredited within the UK.

NameCaspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems, UK
Type of organisationPrivate
International or nationalInternational
Period of validity3 years
Method of assessmentBenchmarking
Public communicationTransparent
Target groupsPatients
Accredited byISQua, UKAS
Quality norm-
FoundersCapita Group
ObjectiveImprove quality in healthcare
Profit or non-profit basedProfit
Accredited institutionsHealthcare facilities
Special remarksAdditionally offers consultancy services

Caspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems (CHKS) is one of the few accreditation systems which is profit oriented. It is UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services. Due to the large amount of clients of this accreditation system, the accreditation is often done by means of benchmarking. Besides accreditation, the CHKS offers consultancy services to improve healthcare facilities and give advice to the healthcare institutions on how to obtain other international accreditation. Additionally, the CHKS provides its customers with a practical insight how to improve their organisation and operation.