Applying for Archive Service Accreditation

Archive services in the UK which meet the eligibility criteria can apply to be accredited against the standard.

The guidance documents explain what is expected of an archive service in terms of meeting the Archive Service Accreditation Standard.

Archive services should make their application for Archive Service Accreditation using the online application system.

Making an application: using the online application system (PDF, 0.59MB)

Statement on use of data in online application system (PDF, 0.03MB)

Archive services interested in applying for accreditation are advised to contact their home nation assessor body responsible for managing the application process before planning their application for advice.

Applying for Archive Service Accreditation from April 2018

There are some planned changes for Archive Service Accreditation and these will affect archive services making an application from 2018 onwards:

  • We are carrying out a light touch review of Archive Service Accreditation and its guidance documents. Revised documents will be available on our guidance page from spring 2018.
  • Archive Services will need to demonstrate how they meet increased expectations surrounding the management of born digital records. Further information is available on our guidance page.

Timing your application

The following factors may also influence the timing of an application for accreditation:

  • dates of Archive Service Accreditation Panels
  • archive service review
  • archive service move
  • application for museum accreditation
  • application for a planned capital project
  • budget year

Archive Services from England are advised to submit their application for Archive Service Accreditation at least three months before the date of any given Archive Service Accreditation Panel to guarantee review at that Panel.


The Archives and Records Association, Scottish Council on Archives, and the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government provide training for those interested in finding out more about Archive Service Accreditation.