How LRQA started

We were established in 1985 in response to the first quality standard, BS 5750, which was launched by the UK Government.

We were the first certification body to gain accreditation for issuing quality management system (QMS) certificates. We achieved this from the National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies, now known as the United Kingdom Accreditation Council (UKAS).

LRQA has been consistently first to meet the assessment needs of business. For more than 30 years, our people have been at the forefront of all the major developments that have shaped the independent assurance industry.

Today, it is with our help that organisations globally can be confident their systems and operations meet the demands of stakeholders with a view to helping ensure long term sustainable growth.

Of course, LRQA is not stopping there. We are already working on the challenges that will face the businesses of tomorrow.