Advanced Certification was recommended for updated accreditation for the new standards on the 13th February 2017. Since that date we have been waiting for UKAS to complete their back-office decision making. The UKAS published timescales are 1-2 months for this type of decision but based on feedback from UKAS they are experiencing a "bow-wave" of decision requests meaning that they have been unable to process the decisions within their published timescales. We have today received a letter from UKAS stating that: "The current scheduled date for the provisional decision review by an independent UKAS decision maker is 31st May 2017. Subject to no queries being raised during this process we would then proceed to the final decision stage and normally expect to grant accreditation within 2-4 weeks of the provisional decision date"