Archive Service Accreditation

The Archive Service Accreditation programme partners have released the following statement in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Please note: no new applications will be considered at the panel meeting due in November 2020 but the programme is open for scheduled reviews and reapplications where services are in a position to submit these.

Archive Service Accreditation and Covid-19 (PDF, 0.37 MB)
Achrediad Gwasanaethau Archifau a Covid-19 (PDF, 0.46MB)

For the latest advice and support regarding the current situation, please visit our coronavirus update webpage.

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. Standards schemes and frameworks help archives to manage and improve their efficiency and effectiveness through external validation, and by identifying good practice. Read our leaflet for an overview of Archive Service Accreditation.

Archive Service Accreditation also enables The National Archives to fulfil our statutory functions relating to Places of Deposit.

Guidance

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

What is Archive Service Accreditation?

Archive Service Accreditation defines good practice and agreed standards for archive services across the UK, thereby encouraging and supporting the development of the archive service.

Applying for Archive Service Accreditation

Archive services in the UK which meet the eligibility criteria can apply to be accredited against the standard.

Management of Archive Service Accreditation

Archive Service Accreditation continues to be supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK).

Assessment of Archive Service Accreditation

Assessments are undertaken by a trained assessor from the home nation assessor body: The National Archives (England) National Records of Scotland and Scottish Council on Archives (Scotland) The Welsh Government through its Museum's Archives and Libraries Division (Wales) Public Record Office of Northern Irelands (PRONI) The home nation assessor body makes a recommendation regarding accredited status to the Archive Service Accreditation Panel based on the assessment of the application for accreditation.

Award of Archive Service Accreditation

Archive Service Accreditation Panels Archive Service Accreditation Panels are responsible for confirming the award of Archive Service Accreditation following recommendation from the home nation assessor body.

Accredited archive services, statistics and outcomes

Find out which archive services are accredited and read the annual report on UK applications and awards.

Retaining Archive Service Accreditation

Accredited archive services must demonstrate that they continue to meet the standard to retain accredited status.