The Legionella Control Association (LCA) is a voluntary organisation whose membership comprises providers of services and products concerned with the control of legionella bacteria in water systems. The primary aim is to keep water systems safe and minimise the risk of cases of Legionnaires' disease caused by poorly maintained systems.
The LCA was founded in 1999 by the British Association of Chemical Specialities (BACS) and the Water Management Society (WMSoc). A Recommended Code of Conduct for Service Providers concerned with controlling the risk of legionella was formulated and launched. Companies and individuals were invited to pledge to a number of commitments making up the Code of Conduct with the specific objective of raising standards in the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.
The LCA administers the registration of new members, the annual re-registration process and the programme of company audits by a team of LCA assessors. It is a voluntary, independent, not for profit organisation managed by a committee drawn from BACS, WMSoc, industry experts and health authorities. The LCA has close links with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other public health authorities and regularly participates in consultations, task groups and conferences concerned with minimising the risk of Legionnaires' disease.
The membership is now over 300 organisations who have satisfied the registration requirements of the LCA and re-register annually. Membership is voluntary but is seen across the industry as increasingly important in demonstrating a commitment to high standards of service. Many public and private tenders for water system services now require bidders to be registered with the LCA.
More information on these qualifications can be found at the official LCA website