The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. UKAS is independent of Government but is appointed as the national accreditation body by the Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI No 3155/2009) and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The International Association for Distance Learning (IADL) was established to promote quality in distance education and training, and to provide approval and recognition of open, online, and distance learning programmes and course-providers worldwide. IADL members include schools, e-learning websites, private training companies, corporate training departments, NGOs, colleges, universities, and other organizations on four continents.
Admission to membership of the IADL includes appraisal of a course-provider's administrative procedures, methods of course delivery, and its educational and publicity materials. Consideration is also given to in house quality control systems. Members are assessed to ensure that learners receive a product which is consistent with the values and policies set by the IADL. Course-providers are required to undergo periodic re-assessment by assessors and evaluators nominated by IADL.
IADL'S officers, assessors, and evaluators include academics, working professionals and peer organizations from a variety of disciplines and countries. Committee members, assessors and other regulatory officers are all qualified and experienced in their own particular fields, and are chosen for their ability to contribute to the work of the IADL. Through a process of continuing quality control, the IADL will monitor the services provided by its membership as an ongoing assurance that standards are maintained.
IADL will investigate consumer complaints made against members and, at the request of both parties, can act as liaison or in an arbitrational capacity to assist in the resolution of disputes.
The International Association for Distance Learning is an independent and voluntary association of open, distance, and online course-providers and does not offer its own learning programmes.