The IOAS maintains policies and procedures to apply sanctions when we observe non-compliance of certification bodies with the applicable norms of the scheme owner.
We use a range of defined sanctions to ensure certification bodies maintain compliance or quickly return to compliance.
Sanctions are applied in a generally progressive manner moving from light to severe which means that the same case, if unresolved, may be subject to a number of sanctions.
Typical sanctions include warning letters, fines, notice of intent to suspend leading to suspension and withdrawal of accreditation in the most serious cases.
When sanctions are applied, the certification body is allowed the opportunity to appeal during which time the sanction is not put into effect and is not made public.
To provide increased transparency of our accreditation service we are providing a list of the most recent sanction activity below.
Voluntary withdrawals are not shown on this page but are announced on our news posts. The current status of all certification body accreditations can be checked on our certification database.
Summary of recent IOAS Suspensions and Withdrawals
Bolicert, Bolivia – September 4th, 2018 the IOAS took the decision to withdraw Bolicert’s IFOAM and ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation and the recommendation for EU accreditation. October 7, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cancelled the accreditation of Boliviana de Certificación “Bolicert.”
Bioagricert srl, Italy – Global Organic Textile Standard accreditation of Bioagricert has been suspended as of July 12, 2018.
Overseas Merchandise Inspection Co. (OMIC), Japan – The ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation suspended by the IOAS as of May 22, 2018 was lifted by decision of the IOAS Accreditation Committee on June 21 2018.
Overseas Merchandise Inspection Co. (OMIC), Japan – ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation suspended by the IOAS as of May 22, 2018.
Bolicert, Bolivia – The IOAS suspension of BOLICERT, Bolivia imposed on May 31, 2017 regarding their accreditations according to ISO 17065 were lifted by decision of the IOAS Accreditation Committee on August 25, 2017. A recommendation was passed to both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the European Commission Organic Unit to lift the suspensions that they imposed based on the IOAS decision who lifted the ban on December 14th 2017.
Bolicert, Bolivia – May 31, 2017. IFOAM & ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation suspended by the IOAS.
Certificadora Biotropico, Colombia – May 4, 2017. ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation with scope of Estandar de Buenas Practicas de Producción Ecológicas suspension lifted by the IOAS. May 5, 2017 CFIA lift suspension on COR accreditation.
Certificadora Biotropico, Colombia – December 23, 2016. ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation with scope of Estandar de Buenas Practicas de Producción Ecológicas suspended by the IOAS. December 28, 2016 CFIA suspend COR accreditation.
Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Ltd. Sti (ETKO) of Turkey – November 1st, 2016. Reapplication for accreditation assessment accepted by the IOAS for ISO17065, COR and EU surveillance.
Uganda Organic Certification Ltd (Ugocert) of Plot 1272, Nsambya, P.O. Box 33743, Kampala, UGANDA – September 16, 2016. IFOAM accreditation and ISO/IEC 65 transference to ISO17065 and the EU surveillance contract withdrawn by the IOAS.
LETIS S.A. of Rosario, Argentina – August 24, 2016. The suspension of accreditation of the Global Organic Textile Standard and Textile Exchange Organic Content Standard lifted.
LETIS S.A. of Rosario, Argentina – July 26, 2016. Accreditation of the Global Organic Textile Standard and Textile Exchange Organic Content Standard suspended.
Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Ltd. Sti (ETKO) of Turkey – June 3, 2016. COR Accreditation cancelled by the CFIA based on a recommendation by IOAS.
Uganda Organic Certification Ltd (Ugocert) of Plot 1272, Nsambya, P.O. Box 33743, Kampala, UGANDA – June 2, 2016, the transfer of accreditation from ISO Guide 65 to ISO/IEC17065 and the EU surveillance contract suspended by the IOAS.
Etko Ekolojyk Tarim Kontrol Organizasyonu Ltd. Sti (ETKO) of Turkey – May 25, 2016, ISO 65 accreditation with scope of the IACB Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries withdrawn by the IOAS.
Global Organic Agriculturist Association (GOAA) of 492-4, Dongho-dong, Bukku, Taegu City, South Korea- March 26, 2016 the IFOAM and ISO 17065 accreditation withdrawn by the IOAS.