Brexit and Accredited Certification

As you are aware, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

GCL International recognises that the process leading up to the exit of the UK from the EU continues to create uncertainty.  As a result we have received questions from clients in relation to the validity of UKAS Accredited certification after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

At this time it is not fully known what the outcome of the negotiation process with the European Union will entail.

The provision of accredited management system certification to standards published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is, in general, not tied to European Union regulation.

UKAS accredited management system certification (such as that issued by GCL International), is recognised globally under the International Accreditation Forum, Multi-Lateral Agreement (IAF MLA). Signatories to the IAF MLA are required to recognise the certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies (such as GCL International), accredited by all other signatories of the IAF MLA (such as UKAS), with the appropriate scope.

Key Point to Note

·         ISO certification issued by GCL International, under our UKAS accreditation, will remain valid after Brexit

Further Information

UKAS continues to work closely with the UK Government on this matter and has released information related to its position on Brexit. This information can be found at the following link:

For more information on the IAF MLA please visit: