Detailed below is an extract from a quote by Ian Handford, Chairman,
Federation of Small Businesses, February 2001 -
"Small businesses recognize the importance
of independent evaluation. However, for customers, consumers,
buyers or purchasers, the old adage "caveat emptor"
- let the buyer beware - remains.
If a small business chooses to take the
certification route we are strongly in favor that they select
a certification body carrying UKAS accreditation. I commit the
Federation to make known the importance of UKAS accreditation
and the value, security and confidence it brings to small business."
Most companies obtain an ISO9001:2008 certificate in order to
have access to new markets or to strengthen their place within
their existing market, so it is sensible to avoid the risk of
not achieving this goal by having an unaccredited certificate.