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About UCS
United Certification Systems Limited is an independent certification body the main activity of which is international voluntary certification against the GSTC standard.

UCS is in accredited on GSTC criteria - GSTC-HTO: Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators.

UCS's activities contribute to:
  • Growing opportunities for development of entrepreneurship and creating new job places with low barriers to the entering the market;
  • Supporting of local communities by creating new job places, providing sufficient income, developing services and infrastructures;
  • Increasing awareness of natural and cultural heritage and facilitating for its conservation;
  • Facilitating to health, wealth and training of the tourists and inviting parties.

The first certification scheme UCS to get the accreditation is GSTC certification, certification services of which correspond to the requirements of the following accreditation standards:
  • ISO/IEC 17065:2012 (GOST R ISO/IEC 17065-2013) «Conformity assessment. Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services»,
  • GSTC-AccreditedManualV2.4.
Our mission is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable environmental management through certification
Principles of work performance
Integrity
UCS demonstrates integrity in every aspect of the process, requiring honesty, fairness and consistency throughout.

Credibility
The processes of UCS spread confidence in certification as a meaningful way of identifying and stimulating good sustainability practice in the tourism sector.

Impartiality
UCS is not allowing the process to be open to any forms of influence which might raise doubts about the objectivity of the decisions taken.

Accessibility
UCS seeks the recognition of standards and accreditation to be as accessible as possible to all relevant certification schemes and certification to be as accessible as possible to all tourism enterprises. UCS is not allowing any discrimination on grounds of size and location and financial barriers are minimized.

Comprehensiveness
All recognized sustainable tourism standards covering sustainable tourism address all aspects of UCS sustainability, including socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts.

Rigorousness
All the processes of UCS are reliable and comply with the requirements of the Standard ISO/IEC 17065 and other mandatory for application in UCS standards relative to its accreditation (GSTC-Accreditation Manual) and require high standards and levels of sustainability to be met.

Effectiveness
The processes of UCS are impacts driven and shaped to help as many tourism enterprises as possible to achieve maximum change towards sustainability. The accreditation program of UCS is directed to strengthen the impact of the certification schemes.

Transparency
The standards required and processes adopted in UCS are transparent and available for scrutiny by stakeholders.

Diversity
The processes of UCS are directed to recognition and encouraging the diversity of local, regional and sectoral certification schemes, including their criteria and standards, provided there is no loss of sustainability outcomes.

Achievability
The accreditation process of UCS is directed to be practicable and sustainable over time and not place burdens on certification schemes that they could not meet.