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The FCSA is the UK’s leading membership body dedicated to raising standards and promoting supply chain compliance for the temporary labour market. The scope of FCSA’s Accreditation covers 4 types of business operations in the UK: umbrella employment, limited company advisors, professional employment organisations and self-employed/CIS contractor providers.

Pre-requisites for Potential Applicants

In order to be eligible for FCSA Accreditation, all applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 2 years successful operation and 1 year’s full audited accounts for the legal entity seeking accreditation
  • A minimum of 75 contractors successfully supported by the service seeking accreditation
  • Minimum financial liquidity requirement – net assets to be at least 2.5% of the gross profit

The above minimum criteria are essential for FCSA to be able to assess applicants’ business operations in practice, not just in theory.  It is important to realise that FCSA accreditation is not just a tick-box exercise.

Published standards for Accredited Membership
To join as an FCSA Accredited Member, applicants need to adhere to FCSA’s Charter and demonstrate compliance with the FCSA Codes of Compliance. You will need to provide documentary evidence supporting this, which will be independently tested by FCSA approved assessors. Please also see the FCSA’s Constitution and Articles of Association.
Due diligence checks

A Fit and Proper Person Form is required to be completed for each director of the business. Upon receipt of payment and the completed forms, the due diligence checks can be undertaken. Application for membership is to be made for all companies within the group, or who have common ownership/directorship, that offers services falling within the scope of FCSA Accreditation, even if they are separate companies and/or are branded separately. Once the Chief Executive and FCSA Board have approved the initial application, you will be invited to engage with an assessor.

The assessment process

In order to achieve FCSA Accreditation, applicants are independently assessed against our published standards (the “Codes”). The process requires applicants to provide documentary evidence of how they adhere to each and every standard. In addition to the paperwork element, assessors conduct in-depth site visits to the applicant’s business to interview their staff, test scenarios, undertake random audits, listen to onboarding calls and ensure that all policies and procedures are being implemented in practice.
How to apply for membership
To apply for accreditation, please get in touch with FCSA’s Head of Membership and Compliance, Deborah Murphy.