Accreditation supports animal welfare
Accreditation plays a key role in support of new UK regulations governing the licensing of activities involving animals which came into force in 2018. The Animal Welfare (Licencing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 cover activities such as pet shops, cat and dog boarding, the hiring of horses and dog breeding and require these establishments to be licenced by the local authority in which they operate. The licences will need to be renewed each year unless the establishments are assessed as low risk when licences can be issued for two or three years. Establishments that are certified by a UKAS accredited body, such as the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme, will be regarded as low risk and will therefore qualify for a longer licence.