CCAS Customer Update

Chamber Certification Assessment Services Limited (CCAS) has been acquired by Leicester-based EMB-Group Limited.

CCAS will sit alongside ACM Limited within the EMB Group, delivering accredited certification activities around the world.

Stephen Smith, Chief Executive of EMB-Group says: “We are delighted to confirm the acquisition of CCAS by EMB-Group. This significantly enhances our UK customer base and widens our sector coverage for clients. Operating alongside our existing global certification activities, it will provide future opportunities for clients to secure accredited certification in critical business areas such as cyber and information security, health and safety and environmental management.”

Tony Brachmanski, Chief Executive of CCAS says: “The team and I are very proud of the business we have grown over the last 25 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone associated with CCAS and would like to thank them for their support. I am looking forward to working with EMB Group at Board level to continue to grow and expand the business.

Sean Read, Executive Director – Certification at EMB Group says: “CCAS is a well-respected business and we look forward to integrating the team into the EMB Group as the next step of our ambitious growth plans.”

Established in 1994, CCAS is a UKAS and SIA-accredited certification body that provides certification services across the UK. Accredited standards include ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001, and the Security Industry Approved Contractor Scheme and Security Product Certification. CCAS is also a CQI / IRCA-approved training provider and delivers professional training courses across the UK specialising in Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety management systems.

EMB Group currently provides UKAS approved certification services worldwide through ACM Limited for international standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001.

Further information on EMB Group is available at:

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CCAS Christmas Message

Pleased be advised that the CCAS offices will be closed for the Christmas period from 12:00pm Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen at 09:00am on Wednesday 02 January 2019.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2019!

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CCAS Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Workshop / Executive Briefing

Whether you are an existing ACS Approved company or a security organisation looking to achieve the ACS award in the near future, you are invited to attend our half day Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Workshop / Executive Briefing.

This workshop / briefing includes an in-depth look at the forthcoming changes to the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS Standard) and also covers:

  1. A review of the aims and objectives of the scheme and the business benefits gained by achieving this prestigious award
  2. A walk through of the process of gaining approval including the application process and routes to approval – Standard Route and the Passport Scheme
  3. Assessment process and associated costs
  4. Examples of how to complete the workbook effectively
  5. Benefits of combined ACS / ISO 9001 assessments
  6. Scoring
  7. Process for closing out of Improvement Needs – examples of typical Improvement Needs are discussed.


15 January 2019 (Cannock, Staffordshire)

22 January 2019 (London).


Owners, Directors, Managers of Security Organisations, management consultants and interested parties.

The cost of the workshop / briefing per person is £35.00 + vat.

To reserve a place on one of our briefings, please contact Jonathan on 01543 509533 or email


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CQI / IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course – December 2018

CCAS has scheduled for an additional ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course to be delivered in Cannock, Staffordshire this December.

The CCAS Lead Auditor course is certified by the CQI and IRCA, therefore you can be assured that the training provided is to the highest level.

The course is intended for those looking to qualify as external ISO 9001:2015 auditors and anyone seeking a detailed understanding of the ISO 9000:2015 series of standards including ISO 9001:2015, quality management systems and their implementation.

On completion, successful students will have the following knowledge and skills:

  • A deep understanding of the ISO 9000:2015 series of standards along with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9004:2009 and of quality management systems.
  • Understand and explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor / lead auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a 1st, 2nd and 3rd party audit
  • Be able to plan, conduct, report and follow-up a 1st, 2nd and 3rd party audit.

The cost to attend per person is £775.00 + vat.

Should you require any further information or would like to book a place on the December course, please contact Jonathan on 01543 509533 or email





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Will Brexit affect ISO Certification?

With the United Kingdom scheduled to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, there are concerns over what effect this might have on UK organisations which hold ISO certification.

CCAS remains confident that ISO certification will remain unaffected and will continue to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of UK businesses.

Furthermore, ISO standards such as 9001 & 14001, are internationally recognised and therefore, organisations which achieve and maintain these standards will continue to be awarded with a globally recognised trademark. 

Once the UK leaves the European Union, UKAS will remain a member of the IAF (International Accreditation Forum). The IAF is the world’s association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies. The main function of the IAF is to develop a world-wide program of conformity assessment which promotes the elimination of non-tariff barriers to trade. IAF membership includes accreditation bodies from all parts of the world (including Europe, USA and Russia) along with industry representatives and accredited certification bodies. This therefore, further supporting that ISO certification within the United Kingdom will remain unaffected after Brexit.

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Still time to transition to Standards ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015

Saturday 15 September 2018, marked the end of the three year transition period in which organisations certified to Standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 were required to transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Standards.

CCAS is delighted to announce that 97% of its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered clients, successfully made the transition and are now operating to the revised Standards.

With the deadline date of 15 September having now passed, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 are no longer valid and are therefore, obsolete.

There is still an opportunity however, for organisations which have not made the transition, still to do so. For further information, please contact a member of our certification team on 01543 509533 or email

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UKAS Accreditation for CCAS Passport Scheme

CCAS Passport Scheme Accreditation Mark

CCAS Passport Scheme Accreditation Mark

The CCAS Passport Scheme has become the latest CCAS product to become accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

The Passport Scheme is designed for security firms which are looking to achieve the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Standard and additional quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015 and security codes of practice e.g. BS7858, BS7499 etc.

Those who successfully achieve approval to the scheme, will gain the following certifications:

• The SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Standard.
• Security Product Certification to BS7858 and the relevant security code of practice e.g. BS7499 (UKAS Accredited)
• ISO 9001:2015 (UKAS Accredited)

By conducting the passport scheme assessments in a combined manner, reduces the burden of multiple assessments, duplication of work and audit time on site. This in turn, creates less disruption and reduces assessment costs for the organisation.

To find out more about how your organisation can benefit by achieving the CCAS Passport Scheme Approval, please contact Tony Brachmanski on 01543 509533 or email

For companies wishing to receive a formal quotation, please complete our free, no obligation quotation form.

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CCAS achieve UKAS accreditation to ISO 45001:2018

CCAS ISO 45001 Accreditation Mark

CCAS ISO 45001 Accreditation Mark

We are delighted to announce that formal notification was received on 14 August 2018, confirming that CCAS has successfully gained UKAS accreditation to ISO 45001:2018.

Achieving this accreditation allows CCAS to certify organisations who meet the requirements of the new international standard for health & safety management systems and award those with a certificate displaying the prestigious crown and tick accreditation mark.

As an ISO 45001:2018, 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 certification body, CCAS continue to ensure that industry standards are upheld and which provide added value to organisations.

For those looking to achieve ISO 45001 certification, further information is available by clicking here, alternatively please contact a member of our team on 01543 509533.


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Celebrating 24 years in Business

Chamber Certification Assessment Services (CCAS) is today celebrating 24 years in business.

Established by the Sheffield and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce on 04 July 1994, CCAS has developed into a highly successful, nationally recognised certification body and training provider.

Throughout its 24 years, CCAS has taken great pride in supporting its clients and helping to ensure that their implemented management systems bring both benefit and sustainability.

On behalf of CCAS, Chief Executive Tony Brachmanski would like to thank the staff, clients and interested parties of CCAS for the significant contribution made over many years which has contributed to the success of the organisation.


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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Update

On 25 May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within the EU is to change. This change focuses on how organisations and businesses collect, use and store personal data.

Customers, employees and stakeholders of Chamber Certification Assessment Services (CCAS) Ltd can be assured that personal data kept by CCAS remains confidential and is used both responsibly and safely. The data stored is used only in business transactions such as the processing of enquiries, orders and certification registrations/approvals. Additional practices have however, been implemented to ensure that CCAS remain compliant with the new GDPR regulation laws which come into effect this month and are outlined in our online Privacy Notice,

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