The following accreditations have been awarded to the British Geological Survey.

Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS)

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a non-profit making trade association established to improve the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

Athena Swan

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BGS is pleased to announce its achievement of Bronze Athena Swan status. This is a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.

Carbon Trust Standard

Carbon Trust Standard

As part of the Natural Environment Research Council the BGS has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. The Standard is awarded to organisations that have committed to ongoing carbon emission reduction measures and have taken action to reduce their carbon footprint.

Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS)


BGS has extended its UKAS accreditation for some tests to cover the requirements of the Agency’s MCERTS Performance Standard for Laboratories Undertaking Testing of Soil. All analysis of contaminated soils submitted to the Agency for regulatory purposes must meet this Standard.

Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS)

IFTS accredited

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has achieved accreditation under the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) from the Director of the OPSI.

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Investor in People

Investor in People

The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to help organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. BGS has been recognised as an Investor in People since 1996.

ISO 9001:2008


The British Geological Survey (BGS) has achieved registration to ISO 9001:2008 at its Keyworth, Edinburgh, Wallingford and Cardiff sites. The BSI has provided the BGS with independent third party certification of its Management System and the interacting business processes across all its activities.

Certificate No. FS 71346

ISO 14001:2004


The BGS has achieved registration to ISO 14001:2004, which is regarded as the key environmental management standard by most organisations, and is the first NERC centre survey to achieve this.

Certificate No. EMS 80434

Positive about disabled people

Positive about disabled people

The disability symbol on a job advert means the employer will guarantee to interview you if you meet the minimum criteria for that job.

ISO 17025:2005

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

The BGS laboratories hold UKAS accreditation to ISO 17025:2005 for the chemical testing of a wide range of geological and environmental materials.