Archive Service Accreditation is the new UK wide standard scheme for archive services. It is supported by eight partners: Arts Council England, National Records of Scotland, Scottish Council on Archives, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, The National Archives, the Welsh Government through its CyMAL: Museums, Libraries and Archives Wales, Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and Archives and Records Council Wales.

The standard defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, encouraging and supporting development. It is aligned with other relevant quality assurance schemes, improvement tools and data gathering processes. It is aimed at organisations which hold archive collections, whatever their constitution, and covers both private and public sector archives.

The scheme is open to archive services which meet the eligibility criteria. The accreditation process enables archive services to review and develop their policies, plans and procedures against a UK-wide standard which has been developed by the archives sector, identifying the strengths of the archive service and providing a framework to improve areas of weakness. 

Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a suite of documents which explain the scheme. You can view the standard and its supporting guidance, and find out more at the scheme homepages on The National Archives website.

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For more information about the scheme, including how to apply, please read our Archive service accredition FAQs.