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Accreditation & Assessment

The overall goal of the IOAS is:

  • that farmers and businesses can work in a fair environment and find markets for their products and
  • that consumers can trust the label on the products they buy.

We do this through supervision of intermediary organisations that provide inspection and certification services to the farmers and businesses.

These certification or control bodies operate within a number of schemes which may be regulatory or established by private organisations. These ‘scheme owners’ set down standards for producers, requirements for the certification bodies and also requirements for how accreditation bodies like the IOAS should work.

Our role is as an independent, technical expert that verifies correct application of the standard and the requirements for certification; objectivity, transparency and freedom from conflicts of interest amongst others.

Our contribution to a more sustainable world.