Laboratory Accreditation

BASES Laboratory Accreditation is a quality assurance process that provides clients and service purchasers with a means of confirming the appropriateness of a laboratory to conduct physiological testing. The accreditation process uses a written submission from the laboratory together with a detailed inspection visit to assess the appropriateness of the laboratory’s facilities, equipment, procedures and staffing.

To become a BASES Accredited Laboratory, the following criteria must be met:

  • the laboratory must be under the Directorship of a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • the facilities must meet the standards established for laboratory accreditation
  • equipment and techniques must be used with due regard for calibration, validity and reliability
  • exercise testing and other measurements must be conducted in accordance with appropriate protocols and adhere to safety considerations
  • data must be accurately interpreted
  • feedback provided to clients must be informative and be communicated in such a way as to be useful to the client.

What are the benefits of BASES Laboratory Accreditation?

The BASES Laboratory Accreditation provides a mark of quality assurance to clients, research funders and the wider community that illustrates the laboratory has undergone meticulous inspection by BASES and that high professional standards of practice have been achieved. Laboratories that are accredited by BASES will have demonstrated:

  • that instruments in their laboratory are well maintained in terms of reliability, validity and routine servicing 
  • that staff have the appropriate professional and vocational qualifications
  • that the requisite operational documents governing operating procedures and health and safety are met 
  • operational competence in the delivery of physiological assessment, data interpretation and communication 
  • full consideration for client’s welfare, confidentiality and safety
  • a suitably fit and safe environment for the high standards of practice expected of a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.

Overseas Laboratories

Overseas laboratories may apply for laboratory accreditation and this will be acknowledged as such with the title BASES Accredited Laboratory (Overseas). Where a BASES accredited individual is not present, the laboratory must be under the direction of an appropriately qualified individual (such as a laboratory manager, or equally well qualified practitioner). The named laboratory director must, as a minimum, be a BASES member for the full term of the laboratory accreditation.

In such circumstances the laboratory may still be granted accreditation but BASES Accredited Laboratory Director status cannot be granted. Overseas (including the Irish Republic) laboratories applying for accredited status must also agree to meet the costs for all international travel, reasonable subsistence and accommodation where necessary in addition to the standard accreditation fee.

How to apply for Lab Accreditation / Re-Accreditation

A pre-accreditation visit by a member of the Accreditation Committee is strongly recommended for laboratories seeking first time accreditation. A fee of £400 will be charged for this service.

Application fees for Laboratory Accreditation and Re-accreditation are £550 which covers a 5-year period (same paperwork is required for both).

Please send applications to

Application Forms and Guidelines:

To view all our BASES Accredited Laboratories click here

For information on the Lab Accreditation Committee please click here.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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