Accreditation & Assessment


IOAS provides assessment against an increasing range of standard schemes in organic and sustainable agriculture and related areas which match our overall mission. We are not, and do not want to be, active in all areas of economic activity. We are a specialist which means our clients receive a rigorous but empathetic assessment.

For a certification body (CB) considering an application to IOAS the first steps are to:

  • Recognise the need for accreditation or approval to the scheme(s);
  • Understand what accreditation or approval to that scheme will provide to the CB and its clients;
  • Understand the requirements against which IOAS will assess the CB;
  • Identify the various steps for application which may include application to the scheme owner;
  • Recognize the rights and obligations that the accreditation or approval demands;
  • Be clear on the initial and on-going costs of maintaining the accreditation or approval including any fees to the scheme owner.

To obtain this information IOAS provides the following documents on this web site (Please see follow the related documents links on the left) :

  • General operating manual ( for specific scheme operating manuals please see the page on the relevant scheme)
  • IOAS Application Information document
  • Sample accreditation or surveillance contract
  • Fee schedule
  • IOAS application form

After referring to these documents please contact

Completion and submission of the application form triggers the start of the assessment process.

Organic Agriculture

IFOAM, Canada, EU


GOTS, Textile Exchange

Organic & Natural Cosmetics


ISO/IEC 17065 Accreditation


ISO/IEC 17065 Accreditation

Accredited Bodies

Certification Body Database

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