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.
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.
Archive services which meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for accredited status by the relevant home nation assessor body.
Archive Service Accreditation continues to be supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK).
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.
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.
Decisions on the award of accreditation are made by the Archive Service Accreditation Panel.
Archive services must continue to meet the Archive Service Accreditation Standard to retain accredited status.