Archive Service Accreditation

Standards schemes and frameworks help archives to manage and improve their efficiency and effectiveness through external validation, and by identifying good practice. They also enable The National Archives to fulfil its statutory functions relating to approving places of deposit.



The Archive Service Accreditation standard and supporting guidance are available on this page.

What is Archive Service Accreditation?

Archive Service Accreditation is the new UK wide standard for archives service which has been developed in partnership with the archives sector and its stakeholders through a process of co-creation and consultation.

Assessment for Archive Service Accreditation

The assessing bodies for Archive Service Accreditation are: The National Archives, the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Division, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Council on Archives and National Records of Scotland.

Award of Archive Service Accreditation

Decisions on the award of accreditation are made by the Archive Service Accreditation Panel who meet up to four times a year to review applications and recommendations for accredited status.