HPiVS is an Approved Body, which means we may issue certificates, on behalf of the UK Government, for products that need a UKCA mark in order to access the UK market.
To earn this status, we operate to a code of conduct and quality system that is reviewed by the British Government. We are accredited by the UK Accreditation Service, UKAS.
Check our authorisation on the UK Government’s web site.
HPiVS also remains an EU Notified Body but only for products being placed on the market in Northern Ireland. This, rather unique case, requires a UKNI marking, not CE or UKCA. This is all very complicated and if you believe you need our UKNI service, please contact us.
HPiVS has clients all over the world. We work for one-man enthusiasts building boats and model trains in their back garden through to blue-chip organisations that are household names. We have clients on all continents.
Our recent industrial clients include Alco Valves, ABB, LG, Pfizer, British Energy, BAE Systems, Accentus Zircotec, LG, Cross Group, Wahlco, UK Health Protection Agency, General Motors, Glaxo, Cambi, Reviss Services, McBurney, Hy-Grade Valve Inc., KE Bergmann…
Our recent marine clients include: Sunseeker, Oyster Yachts, Rinker Boats, Princess Yachts, Fairline, Sirena Marine, Cheoy Lee, Mastercraft, Nordhavn, Pearl, Westerbeke, Polar Kraft, RayMarine, Hy-Pro, Seastar, Centurion Boats, Hacker Boats, Ribeye, Williams Performance Tenders, ZF (Padua), Outer Reef, Arcona…
You can see what our customers say about us in a selection of testimonials.
HPiVS began, in 1996, as a department within AEA Technology Plc, a FTSE 200 company. The Certification Services Department of the Atomic Energy Authority was one of the first European Notified Bodies for a range of EU Directives, as UK was then a member of the EU.
Following the end of the Brexit transition, whereby UK left the EU, British companies were no longer able to certify to EU Directives but UK Notified Bodies then became UK Approved Bodies for the UKCA marking regulations that replaced the EU CE marking directives.
The current CEO, Alasdair Reay, first began working for the company in 1997, when still a part of the Atomic Energy Authority.
Thus the principal personnel of HPiVS have been working in the field of CE and UKCA marking since before the EU Directives or UK Regulations were in force. Our experience in the field cannot, therefore, be surpassed. As proof of this, our staff have been employed by the EU Commission as their representatives for several missions into Eastern Europe to assess EU applicant nations’ preparations for compliance with CE marking legislation and to train government officials and captains of industry.
Our business model is to stay small so as to keep our most experienced staff, the decision makers, close to the customer, rather than at the top of long management chains.
We have partnerships with inspection companies all over the world, such as:
- American Bureau of Shipping (ABS Group),
- Korean Testing & Research Institute (KTR)
- British Cert
- Shanghai Via-Cert
- Shanghai OUCE
as well as with individual specialist consultants. Through this network, HPi-CEproof can usually deliver a local inspector. If specialist knowledge is required, staff may have to visit from further afield. These inspectors report back to our UK headquarters, where all pass/fail decisions are made and where all certificates are issued.
At HQ, we don’t split project files between different offices and departments as each HQ staff member handles all of a project. Thus a customer can make direct contact with the person who knows all about their project and who has the authority to make decisions.
In summary, our business model of partnerships with inspectors means that our customers don’t have to pay for wasted travel time and costs. It also means that we don’t need to carry the employment costs of a permanent army of inspectors and the management resource that would be associated with it. This allows the HQ hub to be staffed by technical experts, not management chains and human resource departments. The result is that HPi-CEproof’ overheads are minimal.
This ensures that HPi can provide the most cost effective solution to customers in the quickest time possible.