The IOAS is a specialist accreditation and assessment body focusing its efforts to build sustainable futures for people and the planet. We therefore offer assessment and accreditation of certification bodies applying a standard which complements and does not contradict the IOAS mission. This means that the IOAS is open to applications that involve organic and sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, social justice, fair trade and related themes. We are currently assessing certification bodies with activity in the following areas:
- Organic agriculture and aquaculture
- Inputs for organic agriculture
- Sustainable agriculture
- Sustainable fisheries
- Social justice
- Fair trade
- Content Claims
- Recycled content
- Organic and natural cosmetics
- Ingredients for organic and natural cosmetics
- Organic textiles
- Inputs for organic textiles
The IOAS are willing to consider other sectors and we invite certification bodies or scheme owners to consult with us. A decision to proceed or not may require considerable study and ultimately consultation with the IOAS Board of Directors. Nevertheless we are happy to receive requests of this nature and to discuss your requirements.
The requirement for accreditation of product certification is normally assessment against ISO/IEC 17065 plus any additional sector requirements that may have been described by the scheme owner or the certification body itself. Some scheme owners have however opted to develop their own requirements or based them on the International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies where this seems more relevant. The IOAS may not accept an application if, in its view, there is a lack of sector specific requirements that result in a lack of credibility of the certification.
The application from the certification body must designate and supply the standard against which the products will be assessed and declare whether the complete standard or parts thereof are applied. These details will define the scope of the accreditation which will be made clear in the accreditation certificate we issue and in any public statement.
Once the IOAS have agreed with you that your standard is in the scope of IOAS work, the first step to accreditation is to complete the general IOAS application form (please see related documents section to the left of this information).
The IOAS ISO/IEC 17065 Operating Manual provides full guidance on implementation of this scheme.
Currently IOAS Accredited Certification Bodies may use the IAF-MLA Mark in combination with the accreditation symbol on certificates for MLA-subscopes for the ISO/IEC 17065 GLOBALG.A.P. IFA.
The IOAS is a IAF MLA signatory and accreditations granted by IAF MLA signatories are recognised worldwide based on their equivalent accreditation programs. Mutual recognition of accredited certification in many markets reduces costs and adds value to business.
Businesses will be able to see at a glance that the certificate is accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the IAF MLA.