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published: 18/4/2008
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BRE Global gains UKAS Accreditation for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme

BRE Global has gained United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation as scheme operator for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

As scheme operator, BRE Global has been awarded accreditation for the certification of installers, plus heat pumps, solar heating collectors, micro wind turbines and non-roof integrated photo voltaic products. This is expected to be extended to cover roof integrated solar photo voltaics, inverters, biomass, hydro turbines, combined heat and power and fuel cell products once standards have been completed later this year.

Welcoming the announcement Malcolm Wicks, Minister for Energy said "We are pleased that BERR's industry-led scheme now has an operator who is UKAS accredited for MCS. By improving reliability and offering consumer protection, we expect the scheme to play a key part in driving up quality and creating a sustainable market for microgeneration products and installers in the UK".

Richard Phillips, Scheme Manager at BRE Global, comments "The industry can't afford to use products and services that have not been vetted to the highest standards and this accreditation shows our continuing commitment to maintaining high levels of service quality. This accreditation is a testament to the hard work of all involved and we will continue to strive for these high levels of best practice".

UKAS is the national accreditation body, recognised by Government to assess certification organisations to internationally recognised standards. Achieving UKAS accreditation demonstrates BRE Global's high levels of competence, as well as its independence and authority. UKAS accreditation also provides an assurance of quality for industry, clients, specifiers and consumers.

To gain accreditation from UKAS, BRE Global has undergone a three-month vetting process to thoroughly examine procedures and processes and is committed to annual surveillance visits, plus a full reassessment at four-yearly intervals. Accreditation is also listed at the UKAS website: www.ukas.com.

For more information on the microgeneration scheme, click www.microgenerationcertification.eu


Press enquiries:
Melissa Wooley T 01923 664672 E woolleym@bre.co.uk
Simon Guy T 01923 664305 E guys@bre.co.uk

Technical enquiries:
Richard Phillips T 01923 665183 E phillipsr@bre.co.uk

Notes for Editors

BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global's product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories.

BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands including:
- LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books
- BREEAM the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building's environmental performance.

BRE Global’s mission is to ‘Protect People, Property and the Planet’ and is a trading subsidiary of the BRE Trust, the registered research and education charity which owns the BRE Group. For further information please contact: BRE Global, Garston, Watford, WD25 9XX, Tel: 01923 664100, Fax: 01923 664910, Email: enquiries@breglobal.com or visit www.breglobal.com

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