IQ Verify, part of the IQ Group, has gained approval from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against ISO17021 and ISO17065.

IQ Verify, part of the IQ Group, has gained approval from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against ISO17021 (Conformity assessment for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems) and ISO17065 (Conformity assessment for bodies certifying products, processes and services). UKAS approval enables IQ Verify to undertake accredited compliance audits of Management Systems, Products and Services on behalf of clients.

Following approval the IQ Group, which includes Ofqual approved awarding organisation Industry Qualifications, becomes the UK’s only organisation approved to offer both regulated qualifications and organisational audits to international and industry standards.

Group Chief Executive and Chair of IQ Verify, Raymond Clarke said, “We are delighted to be able to make this announcement, which yet again demonstrates our commitment to innovation and ongoing improvement in our offer to customers. With UKAS approval, the IQ Group is uniquely positioned to offer a holistic approach to assessment, audit and certification for our clients. Our primary focus will be those standards related to organisational resilience, but we will also be offering schemes in sectors such as investigation.

Lynn Watts-Pumpkin, Director and General Manager of IQ Verify said, “Our first standard is BS102000 (Code of practice for the provision of investigative services), where we have already attracted a large number of launch customers as a result of our relationships with the ABI [Association of British Investigators] and IPI [Institute of Professional Investigators] in the sector. This is just the start, however. Before the end of April, IQ Verify will be offering the ISO standards for quality management, information security management, business continuity, risk management, supply chain security management and others including PSC-1 for security companies operating in hostile environments”. 

Robertson and Co were the first company to undergo an audit by IQ Verify to BS102000. Gavin Robertson said “We were seeking a forward looking and high quality certification body partner and having previously worked with Industry Qualifications in gaining qualifications for our investigatory team, the move to IQ Verify was both obvious and seamless. The audit experience was very positive and we will be working with IQ Verify on a range of ISO standards as we strengthen the external accreditation of our business”.

G4S Investigation Solutions (UK) Ltd, t/a The Cotswold Group, specialises in intelligence led fraud and liability investigations across the public and private sector. IQ Verify audited the Cotswold Group to BS102000 and Alan Markley, Head of Technical Services said “The administration and organisation both before, during and after were excellent, and the audit itself was carried out with a good knowledge of the industry, professionalism and the utmost integrity. We hope this is the start of a long standing business relationship’’.

According to Lynn, IQ Verify has a clear and unique offer for its customers. “We are keen to operate in an environment where audits are a positive experience for our clients, and one which stimulates business improvement. Our ability to work with Industry Qualifications means that we are able to provide an integrated approach to the assessment and development of the capability of an organisation and its people”.

For further information on IQ Verify please visit www.iqverify.org.uk or contact Lynn at lynnwp@iqverify.org.uk

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