National Highways Sector Scheme 18 for the Natural Environment and Landscape, including Ecology for Infrastructure.

The National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18) is the customised management system for landscaping and the environment (including ecology) and will be mandatory for all contractors working for the Highways England and other infrastructure providers.

NHSS18 reflects requirements embodied in EN IS09001:2015 Quality Management system with specific relevance to Landscape Construction and Maintenance, Arboriculture, Application and Management of Pesticides, Amenity, Ecology and Environmental Management and Countryside Management.

The scheme aims to ensure that Organisations working on roads have a trained and competent workforce. Sector Schemes are designed to provide an industry benchmark, ensuring all processes are planned and demonstrate continually improving standards, promoting confidence in quality management systems by the provision of a robust and transparent system.

How to obtain accreditation?

Initially, you will need to familiarise yourself with the scheme document, which can be found at this link on the UKAS website. An updated version of Appendix Q can be downloaded on the right of this page.

Accreditation can be achieved through one of the following UKAS Registered Certification Bodies:

Stocking Ln
Hughenden Valley
High Wycombe
HP14 4ND

W: Visit website
T:  01494 569745
E:  Email

BSI (British Standards Institutions)
Kitemark Court Davy Avenue
Milton Keynes

W: Visit website
T:  0345 080 9000
E:  Email

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA)
Trinity Park
1 Bickenhill Ln
B37 7ES

W: Visit website
T:  0800 783 2179
E:  Email

Alcumus ISOQUAR Ltd
1 Cobra Court
Blackmore Road
M32 0QY

W: Visit website
T:  0161 866 6186
E:  Email

SGS United Kingdom Limited
Rossmore Business Park; Ellesmere Port
South Wirral
CH65 3EN

W: Visit website
T:  07825 853 752
E:  Email

This list is not exhaustive but you must only use a UKAS Registered Certification Body (CB). Please see the UKAS website to get a definitive list of approved CBs.

The Lantra Awards Schedule of Suppliers list for NHSS18 will give you information on who is registered and for which parts of the document. Please contact BALI or call +44(0)24 7669 0333 as administrators of the scheme for any further information.