LRQA Limited

Lloyd`s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is the world`s leading provider of independent assessment services including certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes, with recognition from over 50 accreditation bodies.

Company details

Hiramford, Middlemarch Office Village, Siskin Drive , Coventry , CV3 4FJ United Kingdom

Locations Served


Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:
Over 1000
10,000,000 - 100,000,000 €

In an ever changing world, even the most dynamic organisations can find it hard to stay ahead. What gives your business the confidence to deliver what it promises to clients and stakeholders?

At LRQA, we are aware of the challenges you face and we have developed a new approach to assessing management systems that are crucial to meeting objectives, improving competitiveness, controlling risks and helping you deliver on your promises. We call it LRQA Business Assurance. This approach helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organisation. Further, our risk based approach allows us to tailor the assessment according to the maturity of the clients systems.

LRQA is part of Lloyd's Register Group Limited. Lloyd’s Register is a global organisation with a mission to protect life and property and advance transportation and engineering education and research

Where We Do It

LRQA is a global organisation, working in over 120 countries, and able to provide co-ordinated services worldwide for multinational clients. We focus on local needs, meeting the specific requirements of all our clients, large and small, wherever they operate.

Independent and Impartial

The markets served by LRQA value our services for their integrity. Critical to this is the need to recognise any potential conflicts of interest in the services provided and to take action to ensure these do not adversely impact on the impartiality, independence and objectivity of our actions.

As part of its on-going commitment to impartiality, the top management of LRQA has requested its independent advisory board, the LRQA General Technical Committee, to undertake the role of impartiality committee. LRQA routinely identifies and analyses the possibilities for conflict of interest arising from its relationships and the delivery of its assessment, verification and certification services. Where threats of impartiality are identified the provisions to eliminate or minimize such threats are documented along with data demonstrating their on-going effectiveness. These are made available to the LRQA GTC for consideration as part of their periodic review of the impartiality of the audit, certification and decision making processes of LRQA.

At a glance

  • Global organisation, working in over 120 countries
  • Recognised by over 50 accreditation bodies
  • Part of Lloyd's Register Group Limited

LRQA is part of Lloyd's Register Group Ltd. Lloyd’s Register is a global organisation which provides independent assurance to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors, to enhance the safety of life, property and the environment. This helps our clients to create safe, responsible and sustainable supply chains.
Independent & Impartial

The Lloyd's Register Group is one of the world leaders in assessing business processes and products to internationally recognised standards. The standards are either those of major independent bodies or ones that we have developed ourselves. From design and new build to in-service operations and decommissioning, we aim to deliver complete lifecycle and risk management solutions to help ensure the safety, integrity and operational performance of assets and systems.

Lloyd’s Register's reputation as an independent body - with safety, integrity and high standards as its guiding principles - has been built up over more than 250 years. With no shareholders of our own, we are independent and impartial in everything we do.

A Proud History

Lloyd's Register owes its name and foundation to a 17th century London coffee house owned by Edward Lloyd, a meeting place of merchants, marine underwriters and others connected with shipping. In 1760, customers of the coffee house formed the 'Register Society' to examine merchant ships and 'classify' them according to their condition.

The first Register of Ships was printed in 1764. The early 1900s saw Lloyd's Register bringing its expertise to bear in other industries, particularly the energy sector. We also widened our services to include management systems certification.

Today Lloyd's Register's constitution reaffirms the long-held principle that the organisation’s public benefit objective is to help enhance the safety of life and property across a wide range of industries and to promote education and research in those sectors.

The Value of Accreditation

Transparent and credible governance of certification bodies through the accreditation process is fundamentally important to the value of independent assessment and certification.

Being assessed by an accredited organisation is important. It helps your company reduce risks, increase its opportunities and gain more commercial value than using a non-accredited body.

Accreditation proves that the certification body has the necessary professionalism and expertise to conduct assessments and gives additional purchaser confidence. For this reason, accredited certification holds greater commercial value and integrity than non-accredited approval.

We have been examined and approved by each accreditation council to assess companies in specific industry sectors. It shows we have the necessary professionalism and expertise to carry out assessments, which gives you more confidence.

In the UK, LRQA holds accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). LRQA is also a Licenced AA1000 Provider.

Our advice

Not all certification bodies are made the same. When selecting the body you want to work with ensure they are accredited by UKAS to provide the service you want. Look for the UKAS tick and crown for your assurance.

Globally, we are accredited by more than 50 accreditation bodies.

For a full listing of these, please visit For detailed scopes of accreditation, please contact our offices directly. Details of each country office can be found in Our Global Offices section of this website.

Our unique assessment methodology - Business Assurance - helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organisation.

Business Assurance is built on three pillars and extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help organisations meet their strategic objectives through:

Risk-based methodology

Developing an understanding of your strategic and operational plans, alongside our knowledge of your industry, allows identification of the key risks pertinent to your sector and organisation. This enables the design of the management system to be continually evaluated to ensure that it takes account of, and addresses, such risks. It also ensures that the system is, and remains, complete, robust and appropriate. This approach allows you to build trust and enhance your reputation among stakeholders.

LRQA’s approach to independent assessment and certification helps inspire stakeholder confidence and creates competitive advantage.

Continual improvement

Left alone, the effectiveness of a management system can diminish over time. However, when continual improvement is effectively implemented the benefits are two fold.

Meeting stakeholders' expectations

Businesses have many stakeholders: they include shareholders, customers, regulators and employees. All of these people want and need to know the business is run properly, and is protected from risk.

An important part of Business Assurance methodology is providing stakeholders with evidence that their interests are being looked after. That is why certification from LRQA is such a significant benefit: it tells your stakeholders that you set the very highest standards. At LRQA, we don’t just verify that systems meet the requirements of the relevant standard. We go one step further by providing ‘added value’ beyond what you would expect from a traditional assessment process:

  • an impartial assessment you can trust
  • insight into the effectiveness of your systems through the knowledge and technical expertise of our assessors
  • enhanced credibility - LRQA is a globally trusted brand with a portfolio of internationally recognised clients.

How is Business Assurance different?

LRQA introduced Business Assurance to the certification market in 2004. This initiative had significant influence across the industry, expending the focus beyond the certification to an assessment approach linked to strategic objectives

We tailor our assessments so they match your business, its sector, its level of maturity and its aims. That might mean helping you achieve certification. Or it might mean helping you use your management systems in a far more strategic and meaningful way. It's about what is right for your organisation, right now.

We always set out to:

  • understand your business
  • deliver real value
  • demonstrate the links between business objectives and audit findingsWwe look at what matters most

Business Assurance approach involves focusing on what really matters most. We take a systematic approach in determining what risks your business faces, so we can tailor the assessment to make it directly relevant to the maturity and effectiveness of your management systems.

We look at what matters most

Business Assurance approach involves focusing on what really matters most. We take a systematic approach in determining what risks your business faces, so we can tailor the assessment to make it directly relevant to the maturity and effectiveness of your management systems.

How do we do it?

With conformity underpinning everything we do, Business Assurance turns assessment into a powerful management tool to improve and protect performance. By understanding what really matters to your organisation and stakeholders, we help you improve your management system and your business at the same time.

The Lloyd's Register Foundation is a charity which invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide.

Although set up as a charity in 2012, our history dates back to 1760 through Lloyd's Register, a public benefit organisation in the marine and energy sectors. We are also continuing and building on the work of The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, a charity which operated 2004-2013.